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Immediately after the commissioning of the new fully-automatic U3 metro line, VAG Verkehrs-Aktiengesellschaft Nürnberg and Siemens AG, the general contractor, started to automate the existing Nürnberg U2 metro line (Röthenbach – Nuremberg Airport) in the summer of 2008.
As with the automatisation of the new U3 metro line, which started passenger operations on 15 June 2008 according to schedule, both corporations are breaking new ground. The U3 is Germany’s first fully-automated metro line, which also runs in mixed operation with the conventional U2 line on a shared track. The U2 line is the first conventional metro line worldwide to be rebuilt for automatic passenger operation – without interruption to regular operations. The conversion of the U2 line had been planned from the onset and will be carried out successively and train-by-train at the end of 2009.
After more than 125 years of operating a mass transit system, Nuremberg can boast a long tradition of quality public transportation. What began in 1881 with just a few horse-drawn carriages, is now a modern company with a vast route network. Today, VAG Nuremberg looks to the future, investing in new projects that integrate goals of mobility, safety and environmental protection.
VAG is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Städtische Werke Nuremberg GmbH, which means it is also owned by the city of Nuremberg. It supplies local public passenger transportation in the Nuremberg metropolitan region and in the neighboring cities of Fürth and Erlangen. The primary goal is to provide passengers with the highest level of service while using resources as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. The company stands for safety, reliability, innovation and a focus on customers’ needs.