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Linz extension

The spade cutting ceremony was due to take place on the 9th June for the start of work for the second stage of the extension of tramline 2 to solarCity, an recent office park and residential area - based on energy-saving technology. This 2.3km extension is estimated to cost EUR16.5 million and is being financed equally between the city and Land. It is expected to be completed by the end of 2005. The route will run from the present final stop at Hillerstrasse via Bahnhof Ebelsberg to the centre of solarCity.

For both stages 1 (Simonystrasse to Hillerstrasse) and 2 of this extension seven Bombardier Cityrunner cars will be required - four are already in use, with the remaining three due to be delivered in the Autumn. A third stage is still being stage planned to run from the solar town centre to the new station at Pichling.

A description of the Linz tramway can be found in the May 2002 edition of Transport & Urban Tramways.

11 June 2004

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