Wiener Linien: New streetcar line 12 to curve through Vienna starting in 2025

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Vienna is getting a new Bim connection. Streetcar line 12 is expected to connect Leopoldstadt with Josefstadt in the fall of 2025.
Mostly, it will run on existing tracks, but part of the route will also be newly built. The terminus stations will be in Hillerstraße and the Josefstädter Straße U6 station. The new addition will primarily open up and connect the Nordbahnviertel district, where thousands of apartments have recently been built.

The project was presented Thursday by Planning and Transportation City Councilor Uli Sima, Public Transportation City Councilor Peter Hanke (SPÖ), and Wiener Linien Managing Director Alexandra Reinagl. The new route is being built between Nordbahnstrasse and Hillerstrasse. It includes five stations. At the Rebhanngasse stop, the route branches off onto the existing tracks of Line 2.

The route will be via line 33
The other route via Höchstädtplatz through Brigittenau and Alsergrund will be on the tracks currently used by Line 33. This will remain in principle but will be shortened. In the future, the 33 will only run from the 20th district to Franz-Josefs-Bahnhof. The new line is 2.2 kilometers long. Among other things, it will have a green track on Vorgartenstraße.

The new line 12 will also enable passengers to change to three subways, i.e., U1, U4, and U6. Later, the U5, currently under construction, will join this loop. There are no plans for a connection to the U2, although the terminus at Hillerstraße is not far from the Messe/Prater subway station. Technically, this was not feasible; it was said today.

It remains to be seen whether the link will be established. In any case, a new route is being considered when the Nordwestbahn site becomes an urban development area in the somewhat distant future. Line 12 could then be routed through this area, and a connection to the route of line 5 in the area of Wallensteinstraße would be possible.

The cost of the new Bim was put at 60 million euros today. It will be operated with modern equipment: Six new Flexity sets will be in service.

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