Climate-neutral tram line now connects Augsburg and Königsbrunn
New tram line was introduced between Augsburg and its neighbouring town of Königsbrunn. Mayor of Augsburg Eva Weber attended the inauguration of the new tram line 3 which is climate neutral and runs on 100% green electricity.
Mayor Weber stated on social media: “The Stadtwerke Augsburg is currently investing half a billion euros in public transport. This is probably the largest climate protection project far and wide. The commissioning of the extension of line 3 to Königsbrunn is more than climate protection. The tram line between our two cities connects people, economic and living spaces.”
Passengers are now able to travel from Augsburg Main Station to the new terminus “Königsbrunn Zentrum” via Königsplatz and Haunstetten in just 30 minutes time. The new tram will initially run at 15-minute intervals, and every 20 to 30 minutes on weekends and during off-peak hours. The first tram on line 3 left Königsbrunn at 5:10 a.m. on Sunday morning – fully occupied.
The new portion of the route was constructed over a two-year period. According to Stadtwerke Augsburg, the new connection is not only quick and reliable, but also sustainable. With some 10,000 passengers every day, the new tram line is expected to prevent 3,700 tons of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere. Furthermore, almost 80 hornbeams and sweetgum trees were also planted along the route.
The “Bewegt Augsburg” project is currently the largest climate-related initiative by Stadtwerke Augsburg. With the help of the federal and state grants, Stadtwerke Augsburg is investing more than half a billion euros in the mobility hub project, ensuring the sustainable expansion of the local transportation network in this German city.
People who wanted to try out the new tram were able to enjoy a free ride to Königsbrunn this Sunday. The tram will also run free of charge on Saturday, December 18th. (Photo: Thomas Hosemann / swa)