German public transport sets new record

No surprise here!

After the “locust years” of the 70′s and 80′s, German tramways have reinvented themselves and very successfully too. German tramways have set the standard for modern efficient and cost effective operation.

The key for this success?

German tramways are very user-friendly!

On another note, buses only made slight gains in ridership, when compared to the tram.

German tramways have done very well attracting the motorist from the car.

German public transport sets new record

Written by  Quintus Vosman

Use of both local and long-distance public transport services in Germany grew by 1.5% in 2016 to reach a new record of 11.38 billion journeys, according to provisional results published by the German Federal Statistics Office Destatis, which attributes the growth to an increase in population, employment and students.

Local public transport accounted for the majority of the traffic with 11.2 billion passengers, a 1.4% increase. LRT saw an increase of 2.2% to 3.97 billion passengers, while rail including S-Bahn services also recorded a rise of 2.2% to 2.63 billion journeys. Bus transport was almost stagnant with only a 0.5% increase to 5.3 billion journeys.“The number of passengers using local services has steadily increased since 2004, the first year for which comparable data are available,” Distatis says. “In 2016, passenger volume was almost 1.3 billion higher (+12.7%) than 12 years earlier. Particularly strong growth was recorded in rail traffic (+34.6%) and in tram transport (+18.1%). On the other hand, local bus services recorded a slight increase of 0.9%.”

Long-distance rail transport saw a 5.3% increase to 138 million passengers, which Destatis says is due to an expansion of services and special offers.

The boom in long-distance bus transport, created by the opening up of the market, appears to have come to an abrupt end, with only moderate growth of 4.3% in 2016 to 24 million passengers.

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3 Responses to “German public transport sets new record”
  1. eric chris says:

    Public transit in Vancouver and elsewhere is headed for an extinction event. These links provide the evidence of the demise of public transit in Vancouver unless TransLink is immediately abolished and tram service replaces infrastructure (subway and viaduct) spending by TransLink:

    Flying VTOL jet car maiden flight
    https://lilium.com/

    Flying car prepares to launch
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-39607947

    Microtransit and flying cars spell the end of public transit but TransLink deaf and in denial
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/28/self-driving-bus-talks-listens-passengers-coming-us-cities-within/

    Hospital funding evaporates while TransLink squanders billions of dollars on concrete infrastructure
    http://globalnews.ca/news/3341167/patient-with-internal-bleeding-subjected-to-hallway-medicine-at-surrey-memorial/

    Schools go broke for TransLink to spend big on concrete infrastructure
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/vancouver-school-board-facing-24m-budget-shortfall-due-to-chronic-underfunding-1.3458731

    TransLink destroys the environment to pour cement for concrete infrastructure
    http://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2012/05/09/emissions-from-the-cement-industry/

    TransLink threatens the world to mine sand for concrete infrastructure
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAPfwwb59uY

    Compass another example of the hundreds of missteps by TransLink over the decades
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/compass-card-fare-gate-timeline-1.3475613

    Tram service by Elizabeth Murphy
    http://www.railforthevalley.com/latest-news/zweisystem/some-people-get-it/

  2. Haveacow says:

    One question Zwei, what city is the LRV in this article’s main picture in?

  3. zweisystem says:

    It came from some stock images. I’ll have to do some research.

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