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As a provider of comprehensive mobility services, the Austrian Federal Railways (“ÖBB”) Group carries 469 million passengers per year to their destinations in an environmentally friendly manner.
With 95.9 percent punctuality, ÖBB is among the most punctual railways in Europe.
Throughout the Group, 39,513 employees working on trains and buses make sure that some 1.3 million passengers per day arrive safely at their destination.
For it to happen, ÖBB Infrastruktur provides the necessary and reliable railway infrastructure, ranging from tracks to railway stations and designed to meet the market requirements. As part of a nationwide railway station upgrade programme of ÖBB Infrastruktur, more than 100 stations, stops and stations have been and are continuining to be newly built or modernised. The total investment amounts to three billion euros.
One of the most important projects arising from this modernisation drive is the construction of the new Vienna Central Station. Shorter travel times, more connections, convenient transfers on the same platform, a shopping centre with shops catering to every taste and great architecture: Vienna Central Station will completely transform the transport options available to people in the eastern region.
At the heart of the new transport system is the new railway hub at Vienna Central Station/Vienna Meidling, which is only three underground stops from the city centre and less than 30 minutes away from all underground and suburban rail stations in Vienna.
On 10 October, the shopping centre BahnhofCity at the Vienna Central Station will open its doors. Coinciding with the introduction of new timetables, the first long-distance trains will start stopping at the Vienna Central Station on 14 December 2014 in addition to existing limited local and regional services.
This concerns the trains to and from the south, north and east. As a little foretaste of its future role as a hub, railjets on the route Graz-Prague and Munich-Vienna-Budapest will now stop at the Vienna Central Station.
In addition, ÖBB will offer for the first time a direct intercity express (ICE) connection via Passau, Linz and St. Pölten to Vienna Airport.
A year later, from December 2015, ÖBB will operate its entire long-distance service to and from Vienna via the Vienna Central Station/Vienna Meidling hub.
As a result, the railway will take centre stage not only in Vienna but also with regard to the transport options available to its inhabitants.