Gothenburg commuter rail

Gothenburg commuter rail (Swedish: Göteborgs pendeltåg) is the commuter rail system associated with Gothenburg, Sweden. The trains go on the main-line tracks, shared with long-distance trains and freight trains. They are operated with X11 and X61 electric multiple units.

Göteborgs pendeltåg
Overview
LocaleGothenburg Metropolitan Area
Transit typeCommuter rail
Number of lines3 with 3 services
Number of stations25
Websitehttp://vasttrafik.se
Operation
Began operation1960
Operator(s)SJ on behalf of Västtrafik
Technical
System length104 km (65 mi)
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Top speed160 km/h (99 mph)
System map

Lines

There are three lines in the Gothenburg commuter rail system. The first line opened in 1960, to Alingsås. In 1992 another line to Kungsbacka was opened, when the railway had been rebuilt as double track. The railway to Trollhättan was being rebuilt as a double track railway and completed in 2012, with both a third commuter rail connection to Älvängen and a denser regional schedule to Trollhättan introduced.

Line Stretch Length Stations
Alependeln Gothenburg Central Station - Älvängen31 km7
Alingsåspendeln Gothenburg Central Station - Lerum - Floda - Alingsås45 km12
Kungsbackapendeln Gothenburg Central Station - Mölndal - Kungsbacka28 km8
Gothenburg commuter rail network
Älvängen
Nol
Nödinge
Bohus
Surte
Gamlestaden
Alingsås
Västra Bodarna
Norsesund
Floda
Stenkullen
Lerum
Aspedalen
Aspen
Jonsered
Partille
Sävenäs
Göteborg C
Liseberg
Mölndal
Kållered
Lindome
Anneberg
Hede
Kungsbacka

Regional rail lines

In addition there are some regional rail lines, going to cities further away, with a higher speed and more sparse stops.

Line Stretch Length Stations
Vänersborgståget Gothenburg Central Station - Trollhättan - Vänersborg86 km4
Boråståget Gothenburg Central Station - Borås71 km7
Bohuståget Gothenburg Central Station - Stenungsund - Uddevalla - Strömstad180 km17
Skövdetåget Gothenburg Central Station - Alingsås - Skövde144 km8

In opposite to Stockholm, Västtrafik allow their monthly tickets (of course within the geographic area the ticket covers) to be used also on SJ inter-city trains (but not X_2000 and some other fast trains). From 2010 all Västtrafik regional trains are part of the Västtrafik pay-per-ride ticket system.

The regional trains to Borås, Vänersborg and Skövde go in addition to the long-distance trains, filling up gaps between them, to create one-hour schedule. The trains to Strömstad are kind of long-distance train by themselves, but the county authorities has responsibility, since it was inside one county also before the county reform 1998. The railways to Borås and Strömstad are single track, which makes it hard to have denser schedule than once per hour, without having too many slow train meetings, and there are freight trains as well. The Gothenburg-Stenungsund line has extra departures creating half-hour schedule in rush hour. To Vänersborg there is from 2012 double track and sometimes two trains per hour.

A fifth rail line that can be counted as a regional rail line is the Öresundståg Gothenburg-Malmö-Copenhagen (360 km). Västtrafik monthly passes are valid to Kungsbacka, but this is not usually considered a Västtrafik line.

The most used connection on these lines is the connection to Borås, if including the about 60 daily buses that go since the railway can't support the demand. There are plans to build a new railway here, as part of Götalandsbanan, which is going to be a super-highspeed railway (max 320 km/h). The first part, Mölnlycke-Bollebygd, is planned to be opened around 2020-2025, and later extended to Stockholm.

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