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Tailor-made for the urban space

March 2020

The TSB should become the future of urban mobility.
Graphic: Max Bögl Group of Companies

The Transport System Bögl (TSB) travels at speeds of up to 150 kilometres per hour, is extremely quiet, independent of weather conditions and more economical than conventional rail-bound transport systems. It thus solves numerous challenges in urban public transport. The system will be presented at InnoTrans 2020.

As the developer and manufacturer of the track system, the construction company Max Bögl has already been involved in earlier maglev rail projects. On the basis of this experience, the company has developed its own Transport System Bögl (TSB) for local transport. After more than 125,000 journeys and 83,000 kilometres on the specially built test track near Nuremberg, it will be presented to the trade public at InnoTrans.

The future of local transport?

It offers efficient and emission-free passenger transport in urban conurbations on routes of less than 3 to over 50 kilometres. At up to 150 kilometres per hour, the TSB is twice as fast as trams and 50 percent faster than underground trains. The particular advantage for urban areas is that the rides can be flexibly adapted to traffic demands with very short headways, if necessary. The up to six-vehicle sections offer space for up to 762 passengers and are not only independent of weather conditions, but also extremely quiet due to the running gear enclosed by the track. The TSB thereby requires comparatively little urban space. It tilts comfortably into curves at up to eight degrees and can cope with gradients of up to ten percent. It can therefore be well integrated into the urban landscape and can be built at ground level, on stilts or in tunnels.

Cost-effective andlow-maintenance

Max Bögl calculates with a priceof 30 to 50 million Euro per kilometer with a double-track elevated guideway. This is about one sixth of the cost of an underground railway line. In addition, the construction time is comparatively short because the track is made up of industrially manufactured segments. An important advantage are the low operating costs, as the railway is wearfree and fully automatic. The first customer is already convinced: The Chinese company Chengdu Xinzhu Road & Bridge Machinery Co. Ltd. is currently building a demonstration line in Chengdu and will market the TSB in China – a country with many rapidly growing mega-cities and a high demand for innovative transport solutions.

All-round carefree package

Max Bögl offers the system consisting of vehicle, track and control technology as a package and is responsible for both planning and implementation. The company, founded in 1929, has decades of experience in railway line construction.


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