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Graz metro

The future of mobility is to meet a host of criteria and therefore runs on many tracks. Namely underground, cleanly and quickly. The Graz metro will supplement existing systems, ensure a good connection and link to the regions around Graz and provide optimum interaction with tram, bus and suburban railway.

In brief: The Graz metro is the ideal supplement to the existing public transport system and the future-oriented mobility solution.

Jakominiplatz Metro
© strohecker architekten/newages
Metro feasibility study:
Metro presentation:

A brief version of the key facts about the metro:

  • Route length M1: 11.9 km
  • Route length M2: 13.5 km
  • 27 stops
  • Automated operation
  • 4 gateways into the city centre
  • 11 tram transfer points
  • 4 suburban railway transfer hubs
  • Average speed of 36 km/h & maximum speed of 80 km/h
  • 200,000 passengers/day
  • Attractive links with regional buses

The long version of the key facts can be found in the PDF below!

FAQs on the Graz metro

  • Two metro lines are planned, the M1 and the M2. The M1 is designed as an east-west link and the M2 as a north-south link.

  • Both metro lines together have a length of 25.4 kilometres (M1: 11.9 kilometres, M2: 13.5 kilometres). The line network plan can be found below for downloading.

    Liniennetzplan Metro
    © achtzigzehn
  • A total of 27 (13 stations on the M1, 14 stations on the M2). The line network plan can be found below for downloading.

    Jakominiplatz Metro
    © strohecker architekten/newages
    • M1 from Eggenberg to Berliner Ring
    • M2 from Gösting to Webling (P+R)

    The line network plan can be found below for downloading.

    Hauptbahnhof Metro
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  • Jakominiplatz (photo below), main station, uni, LKH, Griesplatz, Lendplatz, Geidorfplatz, Felix-Dahn-Platz.

    Jakominiplatz Metro
    © strohecker architekten/newages
    • 11 transfer possibilities from the metro to the tram
    •   4 transfer possibilities to the suburban railway
    • 12 transfer possibilities to regional buses

    The line network plan can be found below for downloading.

    Liniennetzplan Metro
    © achtzigzehn
  • During the day, brief intervals of between 2.5 and 4 minutes with short metro trains will ensure an extremely attractive public transport service. The big advantage of the metro: It is extremely punctual because it runs independently of normal traffic on the service.

  • It runs at a top speed of 80 km/h. On average, with all stops at the stations, it runs at 36 km/h.

  • Yes, definitely. There will be 4 direct transfer possibilities to the suburban railway and 12 direct transfer possibilities to regional buses.

    • Forecasts show that the percentage of public transport accounted for by the metro will increase from currently 20 to 29%. Every day, 400,000 kilometres by car could thus be saved in Graz. 200,000 people would use the metro every day.
    • Because the metro runs independently of road traffic, it is punctual, reliable and fast.
    • The continuous growth in population in Graz is resulting in more cars and more public transport passengers. However, space in the city is not increasing. Traditional public transport, in particular the tram, is reaching its maximum capacity.
  • The share of public transport is growing, which means the percentage accounted for by cars is falling. This results, for instance, in a reduction in CO2 emissions of 21,600 tonnes a year. For that, we would have to plant 1.4 million trees.

  • Experts (list of experts cf. below) say: yes. The substrate in Graz is no different to that in other cities in which a metro has already been built.

  • Approx. 60 months, including trial operation of 5 months.

  • The two lines will cost approx. 3.3 billion euros, 3.17 billion of that figure will be incurred for infrastructure, 0.16 billion for the fleet. There will still be discussions between the city of Graz, the province of Styria and the federal government regarding financing.

  • According to the study (cf. detailed feasibility study and presentation above): yes! The high cost recovery ratio, for instance, is convincing.

  • From a major feasibility study. You will find it above.

    • DI Dr. Kurt Fallast, PLANUM
    • Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ing. Martin Fellendorf, Graz University of Technology, Head of the Institute of Highway Engineering and Transport Planning
    • EM. Univ.-Prof. DI Dr. mont Wulf Schubert, Graz University of Technology, Institute of Rock Mechanics and Tunnelling, 3G
    • Univ.-Prof. DI Dr. Peter Veit, Graz University of Technology, Head of the Institute of Railway Engineering and Transport Economy
    • Univ.-Prof. Dr. Sebastian Kummer, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Head of the Institute for Transport and Logistics Management
    • DI Dr. Michael Lichtenegger, public transport expert, former operations manager and managing director of Wiener Linien

All the videos on the topic of the metro:

Presentation of the metro
Holding Graz CEO Wolfgang Malik on the metro

Ren­der­ings on the metro:

Jakominiplatz Metro
© strohecker architekten/newages
Lendplatz Metro
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Hauptbahnhof Metro
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Liniennetzplan Metro
© achtzigzehn

Pho­tos/Ren­der­ings for down­load­ing:

Trend towards investment in innovative forms of mobility

A survey conducted on behalf of Holding Graz by “m(Research Marktforschung Merchandising Consulting GmbH” shows: The approval of investments in innovative forms of mobility and also the construction of a metro is high.

75% of those surveyed want investments in innovative mobility systems; 54% already rate the construction of a metro as positive now.

The survey took place between 10 and 16 February, i.e. before the presentation of the metro as a municipal light-rapid railway for the Graz metropolitan area and a total of 1,256 people in Graz and the surrounding municipalities were surveyed. Four questions were asked during the survey (details in the PDF below).

 

Results in brief: 

Question 1: The city of Graz is planning the expansion of public transport. Should Holding Graz invest in innovative forms of mobility, i.e. in forms other than conventionally powered buses or trams, for the expansion of public transport?

Result (Graz and surrounding municipalities):

yes, definitely: 42.41%

generally yes: 32.37%

generally no: 14.35%

no, definitely not: 6.85%

do not know / no information: 4.02%

 

Question 2: The city of Graz is planning the expansion of public transport. In addition to tram and bus links, the construction of a metro is also under discussion, one that is to transport its guests quickly and underground. How do you rate the construction of such a metro for Graz?

Result (Graz and surrounding municipalities):

very positive: 25%

generally positive: 29%

generally negative: 22%

very negative: 21%

do not know / no information: 3%

Noticeable: The younger the person interviewed is, the more positive the assessment of the construction of the metro. In addition, the two metro connections and the possible usage behaviour were also surveyed – here too the majority of the citizens surveyed had a positive attitude towards these. All the details in the PDF below!

Special BIG on the metro:

On 20 February 2021 there was a special issue of the municipal BIG which was dedicated entirely to the topic of the “metro”. You can find it for downloading below.