Since Sunday it is now valid and has a few changes in the luggage: the so-called "small timetable change" of the RMV. For many passengers, this actually means an improvement, which is due to the increased use of public transport: "In 2018, more passengers than ever before used our buses and trains. This spurs us on to take every opportunity to optimise timetables and fares for our passengers," says RMV Managing Director Prof. Knut Ringat.
The most important timetable changes at a glance:
S-Bahn lines S8 and S9
.The S-Bahn lines S8 and S9 (Hanau - Offenbach - Frankfurt - Frankfurt Airport - Wiesbaden) run Monday to Friday during the day continuously with three car units. This means that passengers now have access to 552 seats per journey throughout the day instead of only during rush hour.
RB67/68 "Main-Neckar-Express" Frankfurt - Darmstadt - Mannheim/Heidelberg
From 17 June, there will be hourly connections from Frankfurt via Darmstadt to Mannheim. This was already planned in December 2017, but was delayed due to necessary adjustments to the infrastructure. However, due to bridge construction work by Deutsche Bahn, there will be restrictions between Weinheim and Heidelberg/Mannheim on some days until 01 July. From Frankfurt to Edingen/Friedrichsfeld there will be two coupled trains. The front part of the train continues as RB68 towards Heidelberg. The rear to Mannheim as RB67.
For a higher operating quality, the trains in the direction of Frankfurt leave Darmstadt-Eberstadt and Darmstadt South four minutes earlier. The background is that the "Main-Neckar-Express" is overtaken by a long-distance train in Bickenbach as scheduled. If the long-distance train was late or cancelled, the regional train had to wait for nothing until now. In future, it will continue without unnecessary waiting time in such a case. The regional train can then proceed to Darmstadt Central Station. The timetable times between Darmstadt and Frankfurt will not change.
RE50 "Kinzigtalbahn" (Fulda - Hanau - Frankfurt)
In addition to the already in December 2016 introduced fast connections, the Monday to Friday at 06:58 from Fulda and at 18:18 from Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof, there are two new Sprinter-RE connections in each direction between Fulda and Frankfurt: departing from Fulda at 07:28 and 17:28 and from Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof at 14:15 and 20:15. The trains are with intermediate stops in Schlüchtern, Bad Soden-Salmünster, Hanau main station as well as Frankfurt south about 1 ¼ hours on the way and thus a good quarter of an hour faster than the usual RE trains.
RB49 (Giessen - Friedberg - Hanau)
To ensure that the train from Giessen Monday to Friday at 06:58 arrives on time in Butzbach, where there is a connection in the direction of Frankfurt, the previous coupling of a second vehicle is omitted. In addition, the journey now ends in Friedberg. The train continues to its previous destination Hanau with an additional trip from Gießen at 07:13. Thus, there is in the morning rush hour from Großen-Linden, Langgöns and Kirch-Göns another connection option with change in Butzbach to Frankfurt and for passengers heading to Hanau it is 15 minutes faster due to the later departure in Central Hesse.
Faster from Alsfeld to the neighborhood
In addition, the trip with the express bus line X39 from Alsfeld to the neighborhood will be cheaper. Thus, the fare from Alsfeld to Eudorf (savings adult single ticket 0.60 euros; annual pass 254.00 euros), Heidelbach (savings adult single ticket 0.55 euros; annual pass 189.90 euros) or Schrecksbach (savings adult single ticket 1.70 euros; annual pass 465.70 euros) decreases.