(kus) „I am pleased that RMV will gradually have the suburban trains running at night from December 2017“, said Frankfurt's Lord Mayor Peter Feldmann about the corresponding plans. “ Feldmann also announced that from December 2018 the city of Frankfurt would gradually begin to introduce night traffic on its inner-city underground and tram lines as well. “The great success of the night bus network shows that there is a corresponding demand“ according to the Lord Mayor. “In an urban metropolis, citizens simply expect a corresponding offer. With the simultaneous introduction of continuous night traffic for commuter trains, underground trains and trams, local public transport will also be optimally networked at night.“
Head of Transport Klaus Oesterling said that a continuous half-hourly cycle would be offered during the night on highly demanded connections. To this end, a special night line network was to be created, some of which would operate on routes and line numbers that deviated from the daily traffic.
The tram night net could consist of the tram connections line 11 Höchst-Gallus-Hauptbahnhof-Ostbahnhof-Fechenheim, line 12 Nacht Schwanheim - Niederrad - Hauptbahnhof - Innenstadt - Gravensteiner Platz and line 16 Ginnheim - Hauptbahnhof - Südbahnhof - Oberrad - Offenbach city border.
The subway night net could consist of the lines U2 night south station - Heddernheim - Niederursel - Riedberg - Kalbach - Nieder-Eschbach, if necessary with wing to Ginnheim, U4 Bockenheimer Warte - Seckbacher Landstraße, U5 night Konstablerwache - Preungesheim and U7 night Heerstraße - Hauptwache - Enkheim. The previous night bus network would then have to be adapted accordingly.
The new services require neither additional routes nor additional vehicles. Already manageable passenger growth would finance the increased traffic.
With the expansion of night traffic to the rail network, the city is also implementing a mandate from the coalition agreement between the CDU, SPD and Greens, according to the traffic director.