Munich is working to further reduce the amount of energy consumed in the public transportation sector and to keep public mass transit attractive and cost-efficient through modern, energy-saving, and highly available metros. Shorter headway on particular sections thanks to additional trains is intended to further promote ridership on the metro and to speed up the pace of the city in an eco-friendly manner.
In November 2010, Siemens was awarded the contract to supply 21 new six-car metro trains for the Stadtwerke München (Munich City Utilities) with an option for further 46 trains. A first option for 24 trains was ordered in September 2016.
Modern metros for Bavaria’s capitalThe design of the new metro trains for Munich is based on the popular predecessor vehicles. The passengers benefit from a high level of comfort and safety through video cameras, passenger TV, and innovative LED interior lighting. Compared to the predecessor vehicles, the trains’ passenger capacity has also increased. The new trains will be used on the existing routes of the Munich Metro, which covers a total of about 100 track kilometers. They are to replace the 40 year-old trains of the Stadtwerke München. Additional trains will also ensure shorter headway and provide more passenger capacity.
Highlights of the Munich metro trains
- Award-winning design concept – Red Dot Award 2013
- High level of passenger safety – thanks to a fire suppression system and CCTV monitoring of the passenger compartment
- High redundancy in the drive system – all axles are motorized, and the drives are implemented on a per bogie basis