The ring system is to run from Stettbach station via the Oerlikon and Altstetten centers to Enge station, as the VBZ announced on Tuesday. An inner ring is planned on the route Milchbuck-Bucheggplatz-Hardbrücke-Albisriederplatz-Schmiede Wiedikon-Bahnhof Enge-Bellevue.
In addition to relieving the pressure on the city center, travelers would get from the outskirts to the neighborhoods faster. In addition, the Binz, the ETH Hönggerberg and Schwamendingen would be better developed, as well as the most important public transport nodes between the main train station, Alstetten and Oerlikon centers would be connected.
Tunnel checked between Enge and Stadelhofen
Subterranean routes are also up for discussion, for example on Hönggerberg, where it makes sense. To this end, a tunnel between the Enge and Stadelhofen stations is being examined.
The existing tram route between Oerlikon-Milchbuck-Hochschulgebiet Zentrum-Bellevue / Stadelhofen is also to be upgraded to an east tangent and linked to the ring system. This would create a high-performance tram service that creates direct connections to the university areas, write the VBZ. In addition, the growing Balgrist-Lengg hospital district is to be better developed.
Overall, there should be shorter travel times. That is why the introduction of a “Schnelltram” is under discussion, which does not serve all stops, or the increase in the distance between stops. In addition, the public transport connections, for example to the S-Bahn, are to be improved and the urban public transport networked beyond the city limits.
The population can contribute ideas
The projects are now being examined in more detail for feasibility and costs, as stated in the communication. Depending on the result, they are incorporated into the Network Development Strategy 2040, the central planning tool for infrastructures and vehicle procurement. The network development strategy is then presented to the Zurich city council and the cantonal council.
In February the population was able to contribute their ideas for future public transport. Four teams of experts, with the support of the city and canton as well as an external advisory board, then created the “Future Image of Public Transport 2050”. (SDA)