The corona crisis has already had a significant impact on public transport. From Monday (30 March) this will intensify. Because then the busses and trains in Frankfurt will be switched to an increased Sunday timetable. Therefore, the most important lines will be running every 15 minutes from the start of operations, and thus at twice the usual frequency on Sunday mornings.
The underground trains will run all day with the weekday service, i.e. usually as a three- or four-car train. Some bus lines, which develop industrial areas and normally do not operate on Sundays, now run on weekdays. Night traffic between about 0.30 and 4.30 a.m. remains suspended.
All details are published on http://www.rmv-frankfurt.de. Also the timetable information (Internet and App) is to represent still before Monday at least with the target times the new timetable. </The city of Frankfurt am Main, the municipal public transport company traffiQ, the VGF and the bus companies are thus taking account of current developments", says Klaus Oesterling, head of the transport department. Since the beginning of the Corona crisis, but especially in the last two weeks, passenger numbers have been declining sharply. Passenger numbers had already fallen by more than 80 percent before the contact ban. The reason for this is, of course, that numerous businesses have now closed down and have restaurants, public facilities and many shops. However, this is not the only reason for the reduction in VGF's services. After all, the transport companies are also having to contend with an increase in sick leave and staff shortfalls, for example due to childcare facilities. Already in the last few days there had been an increase in the number of trips cancelled. </Against this background it is no longer possible to guarantee that the holiday timetable can be continued," said VGF Managing Director Michael Rüffer. "It is therefore with a heavy heart that we have decided to switch to a more intensive Sunday timetable", said Transport Director Oesterling. "We are walking on the fine line of being able to offer a reliable basic service even in these difficult times and at the same time ensure that we have sufficient personnel. I hope that the situation will not worsen in the coming weeks to the point where we will be forced to make further cutbacks". "In addition, VGF will have an operational reserve available as of Monday in order to be able to improve the service at short notice in the event of selective overloads", adds Managing Director Rüffer. </However, the loss of further journeys in the coming days cannot be ruled out and, due to the short-term nature of the service, it is to be expected that the information systems will not always be able to reflect the current status. </The head of the transport department thanked the passengers for their understanding of the restrictions shown so far and the staff of the transport companies for their commitment under the difficult conditions, especially for the driving personnel. </p>
The City of Frankfurt am Main, traffiQ and the bus companies commissioned are thus drawing a further conclusion from the Corona pandemic. So far, these measures have already been implemented:
• Since the night of Saturday, March 21, public transportation has been suspended between approximately 0.30 and 4.30 am.
• Already since Wednesday, 18 March, buses and trains in Frankfurt am Main have been running according to the reduced timetable as it applies during the summer holidays.
• The mobility centre "Verkehrsinsel" at the Hauptwache, the VGF ticket centre in the Hauptwache Passage and in the Bockenheimer Warte have been open since Monday, 16 March. The front door of the public buses in Frankfurt's city transport system will remain closed until further notice. Passengers can use the other doors for getting on and off the bus. This is to prevent a possible transmission of the virus between bus driver and passengers.
• Drivers of subways, trams and buses are requested to open the doors at all stations and stops. Passengers will then no longer have to press the buttons. Only some older trams do not allow this.
• All transport companies in Frankfurt am Main have intensified the cleaning of their vehicles. In addition to regular cleaning, the vehicles are partially disinfected at night in the depots. However, disinfection in rolling stock is not possible.
• VGF published further restrictions on its service offering, such as the closure of ticket centres, on its website at www.vgf-ffm.de on 16 March.
The obligation to purchase tickets 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. </In order to protect passengers and staff from the transmission of the corona virus, traffiQ asks all passengers to take the necessary precautions: It is currently particularly important to observe hygiene rules such as keeping your distance, washing your hands long enough and thoroughly or sneezing into the crook of your arm.</p>