Wiener Linien, Vienna's public transport authority, is expanding its services in the autumn. Buses and underground trains will run more frequently during weekdays in off-peak hours. The new frequencies will add another 10,000 rides a year, offering space for 7.5 million more passengers over an additional 700,000 kms a year.
The increased services will start on 5 October 2013 to coincide with the opening of the new section of the U2 underground in the north-east of the city.
In 2012 over 900 million passengers used the city's public transport system (undergrounds, buses and trams) and over 500,000 inhabitants have an annual pass.
User patterns are now changing in Vienna. The largest increase in passengers using public tranport is after the usual weekday commuting hours and in the evenings, which now show a 65 per cent occupancy. However on Saturday and Sunday mornings occupancy has shrunk to 10 per cent.
Vienna introduced 12 electrically-powered buses in autumn 2012.