E-scooters at Vienna Main station, source: ÖBB

Austrian Federal Railways focuses on two-wheelers

Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) is continuing to enhance the last mile services for its passengers. This time, the state-owned company has turned its attention to the two-wheelers. It started to equip the train stations with e-scooters and extend the parking areas for bicycles.

The first e-scooters have recently appeared at the Vienna Main (Wien Hauptbahnhof) and Villach stations. The new option was launched by ÖBB in a partnership with TIER Mobility, the German startup focused on shared and environmentally friendly micro-mobility. To rent the e-scooters, which are deployed right next to the stations, the passengers should use the Wegfinder application. It was developed by ÖBB and allows travellers to plan their route and book tickets for various modes of transport. For the Austrian Federal Railways, the e-scooters is a new stage in extending the last mile services, which already include buses, shared cars and electric vehicles.

Bike & Ride

In addition, ÖBB is also focused on improving infrastructure for bicycles. This mode of mobility is gaining popularity among the passengers that travel to of from the train station by two-wheeler. Therefore, the railway company is gradually building new parking facilities near the stations for this category of the customers. For instance, there are parking slots for 23,000 bicycles only in Lower Austria. This year, ÖBB inaugurated several new facilities for two-wheelers including those at Gramatneusiedl station in Lower Austria and Lienz station in Tyrol.

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Author: Mykola Zasiadko

Mykola Zasiadko is editor of online trade magazines RailTech.com and RailFreight.com.

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