Munich Poised for Major Transit Expansion
Munich’s municipal left-right coalition government has released plans for a program of metro and tram line construction that will expand the Bavarian capital’s rail transit network by 20 percent, the International Railway Journal reports.
The €5.5 billion ($6.83 billion U.S.) plan will add 40 km (24.9 miles) of new metro and tram lines to Munich’s existing network over a span of about 20 years.
The centerpiece of the expansion plan is a new north-south metro line through the city center. Line U9 is being built to relieve congestion on lines that parallel it to its east and west. The new line, which should take 10 years to complete, will run from Nordfriedhof on line U6 south through Munich Main station to Implerstrasse station on lines U3 and U6. A second northern branch will originate at Theresienstrasse on line U2 and run south to connect with the main line north of Munich Main.
Work on a second all-new metro line in the city’s northern reaches, line U26, is slated to begin sometime after line U9 enters service. An eastward extension of line U4 and a second westward one for line U5, which is currently being extended to the west, are also part of the plan.
Two new tram lines already in planning are part of the package as well. Tram line 23 is being extended northward from its current terminus at Schwabing Nord to Heidmannstrasse, which will also be served by line U26; a final alignment for this line will be in place by next year. The North Tangent line will run east from Elizabethplatz on line U9 to Tivolistrasse via Giselastrasse and the English Garden; a final alignment for it will be chosen in the second half of 2019.
The Munich city government plans to seek approval from the Upper Bavarian government this year for a third new tram line, the West Tangent line. This line will form a belt to the west of the city center running from Romanplatz south to Aidenbachstrasse. This line would take three years to build and could be in service by 2026.
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