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Intelligent and efficient travel management for European cities


City Background

Vienna is the capital of the Republic of Austria. It is the country's largest city and seat of many international organisations. Its 1.67 million inhabitants live on an area of 414 km².

Vienna's road network consists of currently 6,479 roads with a total length of 2,793 kilometres. 47 kilometres are motorway. Each citizen covers a distance of approximately 18 kilometres per day, which makes a total of 27.2 million kilometres daily for all inhabitants. Vienna has a well-developed public transport network of buses, trains, trams and underground lines. Vienna public transport operates five underground lines, 31 tram and 80 bus lines and the vehicle fleet currently consists of 600 tramcars and 500 buses.

Vienna is also the centre of the Vienna region. The Vienna Region consists of the three federal states Vienna, Lower Austria and Burgenland and is located in the eastern part of Austria respectively in Central Europe.
With an area of 23,558 km² the Vienna Region is living space for about 3.53 million people, more than 40% of all inhabitants of Austria.

Vienna, Lower Austria and Burgenland are connected with each other in many fields, also in traffic affairs. For example, more than 200,000 commuters come to Vienna from the surroundings every day. Therefore traffic management and information only makes sense with a regional perspective. This is why ITS Vienna Region was founded by the three federal states of the Vienna Region as a cooperative project in the year 2006.

In-Time Partners in Vienna

The In-Time pilot in Vienna will be operated and piloted by the Verkehrsverbund Ost-Region VOR Gesellschaft m.b.H, which operates the ITS Vienna Region.


The traffic information and management system of ITS Vienna Region consists of software modules that are provided by well known corporations in the traffic modelling and travel information software industry. Major parts of the system have been provided by local companies and research institutions or have been developed by ITS Vienna Region.

Telecom Operator:

ITS Vienna Region distributes travel information via the internet. Examples include:

  • A multimodal travel planner for vehicles, public transport, bikes and walking
  • Traffic statistics for motorised traffic - level of service, traffic messages
  • Travel planner for P+R , and combinations of bike and public transport
  • Rail transport status

Mobile services are the next step and shall be part of the In-Time project. Cooperation with telecom operators have been established during the research project.



Austro Control is the Austrian Air Navigation Service Provider and responsible for safety in Austrian air space.
In the In-Time project, Austro Control will provide actual and planned flight plan informations to the region City of Vienna over the standardised interface.
Austro Control believes strongly that the standardised inferface is the perfect way to supply up-to-the-minute flight information all over Europe in the future.

Cooperation with the radio operator and traffic message editor ORF Ö3 Verkehrsredaktion has been established. Ö3 operates the RDS TMC network for Austria.

Organisation of the In-Time pilot in Vienna

Urban road traffic management:
Urban road traffic is managed and operated by the city administration of Vienna, with the police and ITS Vienna Region in close cooperation.

Urban motorway operation:
The motorways are operated by the federally owned ASFINAG, an in-Time partner. A cooperation treaty between ITS Vienna Region and ASFINAG has been signed. All road traffic data will be exchanged between ITS Vienna Region and ASFINAG.

Public urban transport:
The Vienna public transport operator Wiener Linien is working closely with VOR in all issues concerning travel information and real-time traffic data. ITS Vienna Region has direct access to this data.

VOR and the Austrian federal railway operator ÖBB exchange public transport schedule data on a regular basis. ÖBB sends the real-time messages regarding rail travel to ITS Vienna Region.

The city of Vienna and the federal provinces of Lower Austria and Burgenland collect environmental data (noise, pollution…) on a systematic basis. Model calculations concerning energy efficiency are performed regularly. A monitoring of the efficiency of travel information services and traffic management will be established after the services have been operating a few years and representative data can be compared.