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The old tram (Straßenbahn) network was rebuilt into a three-line Stadtbahn (light rail) network between 1978 and 1991, with the official inauguration of the Stadtbahn in 1991. A fourth line was built to the university area and added to the network in 2002.
Trains run until 1 a.m. every day, with service starting at 4:30 a.m. every weekday, at 6:00 a.m. on Saturdays, and at 8:30 a.m. on Sundays and public holidays. Trains run every 5–10 minutes during the day and at least every 15 minutes late night and Sundays. On weekend nights, there is an hourly service, so there is a proposal for 24-hour service.
The Bielefeld Stadtbahn is made up of four lines, with a total track length of 66.3 kilometres (41.2 mi). The mailine network operates over a total route length of 36.9 kilometres (22.9 mi), serving 62 stops, of which seven are underground stations.
In 2013 the municipal council decided to build a new Line "5" from the Kunsthalle Bielefeld via Jahnplatz and Kesselbrink to Heepen, with an opening planned for 2019. However, a citizens initiative voted against proceeding with this extension in 2014.