Chemnitz tram-train set for early 2016 launch

Another TramTrain operation opening in Germany, where customer friendly transit is the order of the day.

We also have a shovel ready TramTrain plan for Metro Vancouver, the Leewood/Rail for the Valley TramTrain, reinstating the Vancouver to Chilliwack interurban service. All that is missing is the political will and bureaucratic and academic acceptance of the plan.

Over 130 km of rail transit, connecting Chilliwack, Abbotsford, Langley & Surrey to Vancouver for a mere $1 billion is peanuts when you compare to today’s multi billion dollar transit schemes that seem to offer very little for a lot of money.

Chemnitz tram-train set for early 2016 launch

Written byAi?? Keith Fender

MID-SAXONY Transport Authority (VMS) says it will start using eight electro-diesel Citylink tram-trains for services from Chemnitz city centre to Hainichen, Burgstadt and Mittweida in early 2016.

Six of the tram-trains have been delivered to Chemnitz tram operator CVAG and are undergoing commissioning. Driver training and final approval tests are underway.

The tram-trains have been built by Vossloh Rail Vehicles in Valencia, Spain and the final two units will be delivered by mid January.

In early December VMS and Chemnitz tram operator CVAG received planning permission for construction of a new 2.5km tram line which will enable the extension of tram-train operations on the existing railway line to Thalheim.

The link is due to be completed in 2017 and will serve Chemnitz Technical University, terminating at Technopark. CVAG tram operations should begin in December 2017 with tram-train services extended beyond Technopark to Thalheim in December 2018.

Four additional Citylink tram-trains are on order for the new route, which is part of phase 2 of the network.

A full description of the Chemnitz tram-train project will appear in an upcoming issue of IRJ.


3 Responses to “Chemnitz tram-train set for early 2016 launch”
  1. Haveacow says:

    Zwei, please stop saying your plan is shovel ready its 3-5 years away at best. Its a big deal when you call something shovel ready and it is not, people have been successfully sued for saying much less! Its a big deal in the planning community when you say something is shovel ready, it assumes you have permissions and many interm legal requirements done and or ready to be implemented. Legal steps that you definitely do not have completed. Buddy, please, please, I beg of you, your statements are actually actionable, stop saying it!

    Zwei replies: BC is not Ontario and as most transit planning is done on the back of an envelope at the whim of what ever premier is running the joint, the Leewood/Rail for the Valley plan has had more planning before than most. Everything in BC is done on the fly to win elections. The Fraser river Bridge is a good example. The MoT, have been planning for two , one bridges midpoint between the Massey Tunnel and the Alex Fraser Bridge with a companion bridge from Richmond to Vancouver/Burnaby, but along came premier Clark and viola a “shovel ready” bridge was started to replace the Massey Tunnel. Hell, the site-C damn is being built without any real preliminary planning and is being done on the fly.

    This is how planning is done in BC.

  2. Nic Slater says:

    Zwei, thanks for keeping the old Inter-Urban alive and shovel-ready! If the BC NDP gets elected in 2017, expect to see some major transit initiatives, including your beloved Inter-Urban. Keep up the great work.

  3. Haveacow says:

    All right, explain to me how you have satisfied the “legal status” of having a “Shovel Ready Project” and it is official statement of project readiness under the Federal Environmental Assessment Act. What paper work has been filed with Transport Canada and the Railway Safety Directorate? You see if you plan to use any federally regulated railway lines and plan to reintroduce passenger service on that line when currently, it does not have passenger service operating on it, you must follow guidelines and statutes under the Railway Act and the protocols for reactivation of passenger service. Have you carried out the required engineering safety study on the existing infrastructure under the requirements for passenger service?

    I’m not trying to bust your balls here Zwei! These are just a few steps, in the hundreds of steps necessary in a project like your Tram Train Line. Just like when you fill out on a government form or paper and state that you are married, it has a legal status. You stood in front of an official and witnesses went through some type ceremony and were legally declared married. You have a legal piece of paper that says you obtained a wedding license, went through the process and agreed to it. If you fill out on a form and state that you are married, when you are not, you can get into trouble, legally. Its the same thing for saying that you have a “Shovel Ready Project”, it has a legal status attached to it. It may not sound like much but it is a big deal. Regardless if the government, provincial and or local has or has not given their support for your project. If any member of the public or third party does an action or series of acts because of your project, that is illegal or not above board, your entire group is partially legally responsible because you stated your project has the official status of being “Shovel Ready”. Its a term you just don’t throw around! I’m just trying to protect you big guy!

    Zwei replies: Maybe I should say that the Leewood/RftV study bolstered an already “shovel ready” project from Abbotsford to Scott Road Station (which was on the verge of being OK’ed), that had “all its eggs in a row”, but was thwarted by the BC Liberals and TransLink because it was not “photo-op” ready.

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