On 4 March Innsbruck tramline 5 was extended eastward across the city boundary by 1.2km (0.75 miles) from Schützenstrasse to reach the railway station at Rum.
Line 5 now diverges from line 2 at Schützenstraße and runs via two new stops to Rum Bahnhof, where a new transfer hub has been built to allow transfer to ÖBB regional train services and various local bus lines.The project has cost around EUR30m. A ten-minute service is offered Monday-Saturday, every 30 minutes on Sundays.
Local mayors and councillors celebrated the end of four years’ work with a ride on a special tram on opening day. Regional councillor René Zumtobel commented:”The extension to Rum is an important milestone for the realisation of a regional tram in the central area of Innsbruck, which makes the districts in the east more accessible, especially for commuters from the lowlands.
“The new regional tram is the right offer at the right time for switching to environmentally-friendly mobility and will contribute to reducing traffic in the city centre, with easy transfer at Rum station from train to tram.”
Rum station has been rebuilt with covered waiting area, two side platforms with lifts and parking spaces for 22 bicycles and 32 cars.
The next extension in the current plan is a continuation of line 5E west from Technik West to Völs. This is expected to be completed in 2030.