Regensburg considers modern tramway
Posted on 25th September 2023 at 11:26
This Bavarian city (population 170 000) has been served only by buses since 1964; the original 12.3km metre-gauge tramway was opened in 1903 but never progressed beyond two-axle cars.
The university city is relatively flat with a BMW factory on the edge of town. Public transport has only a 10% share of the modal split and the city is among the 60-70 German cities with the highest emissions. The city launched a 'clean air masterplan' in 2020 which contained a number of ideas to promote public transport and low-emission alternatives to the motorcar. One of those ideas was the plan to re-introduce the city's tram system which has been de-commissioned since the 1960's.
After a series of route proposals that proved unfeasible, the city council has backed tramway proposals formulated by the Interessengeminshaft Historiscje Strassenbahn Regensburg ev for the battery operation of a two-axle tram set from the original tramway that spent some time in Darmstadt before being restored in Kraków.
This could be the precursor to a modern tramway on a north–south route linking the railway station and university, with consultation in progress, and a town hall meeting scheduled for 11 October. The cost is estimated to be EUR 246M and the aim is to start service in 2030.
An impression of how the Regensburg tramway may look. (Stadt Regensburg)
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