Stuttgart Rathaus Stadtbahn underground station
|Locale||Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany|
|Transit type||Light rail (Stadtbahn)|
|Number of lines||13 (& 2 special event lines)|
|Number of stations||200 (2012)|
|Annual ridership||170.7 million (2012)|
|Website||Stuttgarter Straßenbahnen AG (SSB)|
|Began operation||28 September 1985|
|Operator(s)||Stuttgarter Straßenbahnen AG|
|Number of vehicles||169 (2012)|
|Headway||10 minutes (daytime)|
|System length||128 km (80 mi) (2012)|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)
|Electrification||750 volts DC|
|Average speed||27 km/h (17 mph) (2012)|
|Top speed||80 km/h (50 mph)|
The Stuttgart Stadtbahn is a light rail system in Stuttgart, Germany. The Stadtbahn began service on 28 September 1985. It is operated by the Stuttgarter Straßenbahnen AG (SSB), which also operates the bus systems in that city. The system covers much of Stuttgart and also reaches the neighbouring towns of Remseck am Neckar, Fellbach, Ostfildern, Leinfelden-Echterdingen and Gerlingen (clockwise). Currently, the Stuttgart Stadtbahn system is made up of thirteen main lines (U1-U9 and U12-U15) and two special event lines (U11 & U19), serving 200 stations, and operating on 128 kilometres (80 mi) of route. In 2012, the Stuttgart Stadtbahn carried 170.7 million passengers.
- 1 Lines
- 2 History
- 3 Current light rail system
- 4 Fares and ticketing
- 5 Extensions
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
|U1||Fellbach Lutherkirche – Bad Cannstatt – Charlottenplatz – Heslach – Vaihingen||31||41|
|U2||Neugereut – Bad Cannstatt – Charlottenplatz – Rotebühlplatz (Stadtmitte) – Vogelsang – Botnang||28||37|
|U3||Plieningen – Möhringen – Vaihingen||11||14|
|U4||Untertürkheim – Ostendplatz – Charlottenplatz – Rotebühlplatz (Stadtmitte) – Hölderlinplatz||22||26|
|U5||Killesberg – Hauptbahnhof – Charlottenplatz – Degerloch – Möhringen – Leinfelden||22||29|
|U6||Gerlingen – Giebel – Weilimdorf – Feuerbach – Pragsattel – Hauptbahnhof – Charlottenplatz – Degerloch –
Möhringen – Fasanenhof Schelmenwasen
|U7||Mönchfeld – Zuffenhausen – Pragsattel – Hauptbahnhof – Ruhbank (Fernsehturm) – Heumaden –
|U8||Vaihingen – Möhringen – Degerloch – Ruhbank (Fernsehturm) – Heumaden – Ostfildern-Nellingen||26||33|
|U9||Hedelfingen – Raitelsberg – Hauptbahnhof – Vogelsang [– Botnang]
service to Botnang only during the rush hour on school days
|22 ||28 |
|U11||Hauptbahnhof – Rotebühlplatz – Charlottenplatz – Cannstatter Wasen / Neckarpark (Stadion)
only during the Volksfest, Spring Festival, sporting events and music concerts
|U12||Hallschlag – Nordbahnhof – Hauptbahnhof – Degerloch – Möhringen [– Vaihingen]
service to Vaihingen only during the rush hour
|22 ||30 |
|U13||[Giebel – Weilimdorf –] Feuerbach – Pragsattel – Bad Cannstatt – Untertürkheim – Hedelfingen
service to Weilimdorf/Giebel only during the rush hour on school days
|23 ||32 |
|U14||Remseck-Neckargröningen – Mühlhausen – Münster – Wilhelma – Hauptbahnhof – Rotebühlplatz (Stadtmitte) – Heslach||33||47|
|U15||Stammheim – Zuffenhausen – Pragsattel – Hauptbahnhof – Eugensplatz – Ruhbank (Fernsehturm)
service to Heumaden only during the rush hour on school days
|27 ||36 |
|U19||Bad Cannstatt – Neckarpark (Stadion)
only during sporting events and music concerts, since August 2006
|This section requires expansion. (October 2013)|
In 1961 the city council of Stuttgart decided that a general modernization of the municipal tram system was needed; in central areas, the tram should be relocated underground, and in peripheral areas it should get new tracks that would be separate from road traffic. Concurrent proposals for a new completely underground subway (U-Bahn) were rejected in 1976. At the same time it was decided to enhance modernization of the existing tram in combination with a change from metre gauge to standard gauge. For this reason, Stuttgart made the intermediate effort of rebuilding almost all its tracks with mixed-gauge, on which old streetcars (SSB GT4, built 1959–1965) could run as well as new metro cars (SSB DT 8, in regular service since 1985).
Current light rail system
The Stadtbahn system runs over 253 kilometres (157 mi) of rail track, and 227 kilometres (141 mi) of rail line. (The Stuttgart rail system also encompasses a funicular (Line 10), a cable car (Line 20), and a weekend heritage streetcar line (Line 21).) In the city centre as well as in other densely built-up districts of the city, the Stadtbahn runs underground. The Stadtbahn uses the "U" logo like the underground systems (U-Bahnen) in other German cities. However, here the "U" does not stand for untergrund (underground) but for unabhängig (independent, meaning independent of other traffic infrastructure). Outside the densely built up areas, the Stadtbahn runs on the surface, often along roads with level crossings, though on a separate right-of-way. In a few places, Stadtbahn trains run on street sharing space with other traffic.
Light rail vehicles
The system is operated with 169 cars, operates on standard gauge track, and is electrified at 750 volts DC. On December, 8th, 2007 the ongoing replacement of the city's tram lines was finally completed after 27 years.
Since the coat of arms of Stuttgart shows a black, rampant horse on a yellow or golden field, the Stuttgart Stadtbahn (as well as all the buses and the last old trams) comes in yellow with black or dark blue window frames.
Hours of operation
The Stuttgart Stadtbahn operates from 04:00 - 01:00.
- Monday-Friday: The frequency of 10 minutes starts between 06:00 - 07:00 and ends between 19:00 - 20:00.
- Saturday: The frequency of 10 minutes starts between 09:30 - 10:30 and ends between 19:00 - 20:00.
- Sunday: The frequency of 10 minutes starts between 10:00 - 11:45 ends between 17:45 - 19:00.
- On all days: Prior that frequency exists a 30/15 minutes-interval and after this a 15 minutes-interval.
- Except the line U5 will daytime in 20 minutes- otherwise in 30 minutes-interval and the line U8 only Monday-Friday from 6:00 to 19:00 in 20 minutes-interval operated.
Most routes are served by two or more lines in the city centre, so there is a train every few minutes at most stations.
Fares and ticketing
The Stadtbahn is part of the regional transport cooperative, the Transit and Tariff Association Stuttgart (VVS), which coordinates tickets and fares among all transport operators in the metropolitan area. Besides the Stadtbahn, these include the SSB's bus networks, together with the Stuttgart S-Bahn, operated by a subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn AG (DBAG), and DBAG's RegionalBahn regional train services within the VVS area.
Projects under construction
U12 – Northern Extension
- Route: Hallschlag – Wagrainäcker/Aubrücke (– Remseck)
- Startup: 2016
U12 – Southern Extension
- Route: (Möhringen –) Wallgraben – Dürrlewang
- Startup: 2016
U12 – Connection to the Europaviertel
- Connecting the newly created European quarter by the station Budapester Platz, including underpass the public library
- Route: Hauptbahnhof (Main Station) – Budapester Platz – Nordbahnhof
- Startup: 2016
- Complete new routing of the line U12: Remseck – Mühlhausen - Hallschlag – Nordbahnhof – Hauptbahnhof (Main Station) – Degerloch – Möhringen – Dürrlewang
Projects in planning
U14 – Rebuilding the station Wilhelma
- Due to the construction of the Rosensteintunnel, the station will be moved to the main entrance
- Opening date: TBD
- Link the airport and the trade fair to the network of the Stuttgart Stadtbahn, with line U6 from Fasanenhof (Schelmenwasen)
- Opening date: TBD
- U5 – Extension from Leinfelden to Echterdingen
- Stuttgarter Straßenbahnen AG
- Stuttgart Rack Railway
- Standseilbahn Stuttgart
- Transit and Tariff Association Stuttgart
- "Stadtbahn-Liniennetz" [Stadtbahn-Network Map] (in German). Stuttgarter Straßenbahnen AG (SSB) & VVS. September 2013. Retrieved 2013-10-05.
- "Informationen und Fakten - Geschäftsberichte - Daten, Zahlen, Leistungen" [Information and Facts - Business Report - Data, Numbers, Performance] (in German (and English)). Stuttgarter Straßenbahnen AG (SSB). Retrieved 2013-10-05.
- "Geschichte - Von 1946 bis 1990 - 1981 bis 1990" [History - From 1946 to 1990 - 1981 to 1990] (in German (and English)). Stuttgarter Straßenbahnen AG (SSB). Retrieved 2013-10-06.
- "Barrierefrei Gehbehinderung oder Kinderwagen Seilbahn - Zahnradbahn" [Barrier-free - Mobility for Wheelchairs - Funicular - Cable Car] (in German). Stuttgarter Straßenbahnen AG (SSB). Retrieved 2013-10-05.
- "SSB - Staßenbahnwelt - Oldtimerfahrten" [SSB - Streetcar world - Classic (heritage) streetcars] (in German). Stuttgarter Straßenbahnen AG (SSB). Retrieved 2013-10-05.
- "Stuttgart Stadtbahn". UrbanRail.Net. Retrieved February 21, 2007.
- Timetable Information. Website of Transit and Tariff Association Stuttgart. Retrieved September 07, 2013.
- About VVS. Website of Transit and Tariff Association Stuttgart. Retrieved September 07, 2013.
- Stadtbahn projects. Website of Stuttgarter Straßenbahnen AG. Retrieved September 07, 2013.
- This article incorporates information from the German Wikipedia.
- Stuttgarter Straßenbahnen AG (SSB) - official website (German)
- Stadtbahn map (pdf)
- Website of the Transit and Tariff Association Stuttgart (English)
- Stuttgart Stadtbahn (UrbanRail.Net) (English)