Shit, part two
This is, I think, only our second public service announcement in as many years – somehow, I think that’s a good thing. During the easter holidays (April 8th – April 17th), the Austrian national railways company will replace and repair tracks between the rapid train stations Wien Meidling and Praterstern, which leads to a stop of all rapid train routes (S1, S2, S3, S9) along those lines. This in itself isn’t that unusual – train tracks have to be repaired every now and then to ensure safe travel. Now, what’s so annoying about this is that there will be no “track replacement” this time. The relevant FAQ (German only) states that such replacement lines would not be attractive to customers because they would increase travel times. O rly? As opposed to, say, the increased travel times created by their solution:
“The Wiener Linien will increase the amount of vehicles on the lines U1, U6, D and O. Between April 8th and April 17th, commutation tickets from the ÖBB will be valid in those lines.” Yay. Isn’t that great. The only problem is that instead of establishing separate transportation lines for the now stranded passengers, said passengers are now crammed into the already well-filled regular transport network. According to information by the ÖBB, this means about 80.000 to 120.000 more passengers per day for those lines. Great!
As for what drives where, there will be folders in the affected trains from now on, and according to the FAQ, they will be available in English, too. If you feel Indiana Jonesy, here’s a map illustrating the changes. One important note: Both the S7 and the CAT that connect Vienna to the airport will operate normally.
The only good thing I find in all this is the consistency that it creates. The construction-induced spring delays fit perfectly between the weather-induced winter delays and the holiday-induced summer delays. Now if they only could find a valid reason to fuck up public transfer during autumn, I’d be one constantly unhappy camper.
This concludes my “Welcome to the shit” series. Have a good time!