Infrastructure of St. Pölten
Road network:The highway Westautobahn A1 extends straight through the downtown area, connecting St. Pölten eastwards with the Federal capital Vienna, located 60 km away, as well as the neighboring economic centers of the central European economic region Centrope.
The economic region of Upper Austria comprising Linz, Wels and Steyr is located ca. 120 km towards the west, and can be reached within one hour.
The freeway Traisentalschnellstraße S33 connects the region with the Danube region towards the north, comprising Krems and Tulln. This North-South-Artery is currently expanded, and the planned Danube Bridge is supposed to improve the junction between St. Pölten and the northern part of the province of Lower Austria, as well as the neighboring regions of Southern Bohemia with Budweis, and Southern Moravia with Brno.
S33 shall be extended and continue as S34 in order to guarantee an efficient transport infrastructure originating from St. Pölten towards the South, extending to the Foothills of the Alps, where premium building land reserves could be developed within the next few years for extensive commercial development according to demand.
The new general transportation concept aims at creating a by-pass on the western side of the developed urban areas to calm road traffic within the downtown district. Currently, the road network comprises ca. 550 km.
Additionally, particular significance is being attached to the new bus system that is supposed to make inner-city transit more attractive. First measures are currently implemented. St. Pölten is known to be one of the most bicycle friendly cities of Austria, with its bicycle network extending across 150 km, and has also received national awards for its efforts. The pedestrian zone around the historic centre is particularly popular.
Rail transport:St. Pölten is an important hub along the Westbahn railway, currently being extended as a high-performance railroad, connecting St. Pölten via Vienna – along the continuation via Budapest with Eastern Europe, and via Linz, Salzburg, Munich and further towards the west via Strasburg with Paris. This important East-West-rail-artery has been intensively modernized for the past few years, and developed into a four track system. The central train station is also being expanded and modernized in the context of this effort.
The City is using this opportunity to redesign the vicinity of the central train station and to improve downtown transit. The environmentally friendly transportation network railway – bus will become increasingly attractive, as well as pedestrian and bicycle friendly venues. The railroad towards the north (Krems, Tulln) will also be expanded during the next few years.
Miscellaneous:Canalization of the city comprises a length of almost 270 km and is continuously expanded. Drinking water supply is ensured by public services, utilizing ground water reserves. Large areas of St. Pölten are served by the long-distance heating network of the City. In 2004, the City of St.Pölten inaugurated an autonomously operating mechanical-biological waste disposal facility.
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