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Coronavirus: Buses and trains run like in the summer holidays

17.03.2020 | 06:53 Clock | Service
Coronavirus: Buses and trains run like in the summer holidays

Busses and trains in Frankfurt am Main will operate from Wednesday, March 18th, according to the summer holiday timetable. In coordination with the City of Frankfurt am Main, the municipal public transport company traffiQ and the Frankfurt am Main Transport Company (VGF) are thus pressing the consequences of the fact that classes in the state's schools are suspended and generally fewer passengers use public transport. The step is being taken because not only pupils no longer use public transport for their way to school, but also drivers of underground trains, trams and buses have school-age children who have to be looked after under these circumstances and cannot stay at home alone. It is possible that further trips will be cancelled in the coming days, and more severe restrictions on public transport cannot be ruled out. Due to the short term nature of the information systems, the information systems will not always be able to reflect the current status.

traffiQ, VGF and the contracted bus companies are thus drawing a further conclusion from the Corona pandemic. Further measures have already been implemented. </The mobility centre "Verkehrsinsel" at the Hauptwache, the VGF ticket centre in the Hauptwache passage and in the Bockenheimer Warte have been closed since Monday, 16 March. In Frankfurt city transport, the front door of the public buses will remain closed until further notice. Passengers may use the other doors for boarding and alighting. This is to prevent a possible transmission of the virus between bus driver and passengers. Drivers of underground trains, trams and buses are requested to open the doors at all stations and stops. Passengers then no longer have to press the buttons. This is not possible on some older trams. VGF has intensified the cleaning of its vehicles. In addition to regular cleaning, the vehicles are partially disinfected at night in the depots. Disinfection in rolling stock is not possible. VGF today published further restrictions on the service offer, such as the closure of ticket centres, on the Internet page <a href="http://www.vgf-ffm.de" target="_blank" rel="noopener">www.vgf-ffm.de.

The ticket obligation still applies. Passengers are requested to purchase tickets as season tickets before departure, via the RMV app or at the latest when changing trains at a station with a ticket vending machine.

Additional measures of the VGF:

The operation of the Ebbel-Ex (scheduled and rental services) will be discontinued. The Museum of Transport remains closed. The Easter Bunny Express will not run this year. The Info-Bus is closed. Passenger information in stations by VGF staff will be discontinued, but information will be available "at the push of a button" at the omnipresent emergency and information pillars by the operations control centre.</VGF has decided on further restrictions that have an internal and external effect:</p>

The Girls' Day planned for 26 March has unfortunately been cancelled. Internships can no longer be offered until further notice. In general, all visits and guided tours of VGF properties will be discontinued or cancelled. Business and further education trips will not be undertaken.</The following offers will not be discontinued >/strong>

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- Lost and found

- Presence of the security service in stations and vehicles

- Passenger escort service, but there will be restrictions here in individual cases

- Some of the steps are already in force, others will come into effect from tomorrow. They are valid until further notice.

To protect passengers and staff as much as possible from transmission of the corona virus, traffiQ and VGF ask all passengers to take the necessary precautions: It is currently particularly important to follow hygiene rules such as washing your hands thoroughly and for a sufficiently long time or sneezing into the crook of your arm.

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