New Transit Ridership Records in Vienna!
Wiener Linien, Vienna’s public transit provider, recently blasted the press with headlines about their record ridership figures for 2015. The catchiest one? More people in Vienna now carry a Jahreskarte (annual pass) than there are registered vehicles in the city. 700,000 people signed up for the annual pass program for 2015; Statistics Austria reported that at the end of 2014, there were 683,000 cars registered in Vienna (it’s unlikely that 2015 saw a big increase as the auto share of trips has not risen while parking restrictions have). Just a few years ago in 2007, there were twice as many cars as annual passes.
365 Euros for an integrated system of U-bahn, Strassenbahnen (streetcars), and buses, plus use of the regional rail lines to cover Greater Vienna. That has to be one of the best deals in transit anywhere. A Euro a day was a major plank in the Green Party platform a few years back, and they have delivered. Transit here works: it’s reliable, safe, and practically ubiquitous. With commitment like that, they earn high ridership: 939.1 million trips and a 39% mode share–cars take just 27%.
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