Germany - Articles and news items
Issue 1 2017 • 19 February 2017 • Sophia Sünder – Manager of Outreach and Communication for the Transport and Urban Development Focus Area at the GPSM
As a network of information exchange and communication, the German Partnership for Sustainable Mobility (GPSM) helps to strengthen international dialogue on sustainable transport. 170 reputable international and German companies active in the sustainable urban transport sector participate in the partnership today and offer their field of expertise – ranging from start-ups, to universities, to established companies such as Siemens and the KfW. In this article for Eurotransport, Sophia Sünder – Manager of Outreach and Communication for the Transport and Urban Development Focus Area at the GPSM – elucidates the origins of the association’s history and shares its goals to enhance sustainable mobility for the future.
Issue 1 2017 • 19 February 2017 • Wuppertaler Schwebebahn
The Wuppertal Suspension Railway (Wuppertaler Schwebebahn) is the world’s oldest electric elevated railway with hanging cars and is a unique system1 . Carrying approximately 80,0001 passengers per weekday through the German city, the world-famous ‘monorail’ has been largely modernised with the most recent investment focusing on new ‘Generation 15’ trains.
Industry news • 14 February 2017 • Katie Sadler, Eurotransport
Solaris and operator Leipziger Verkehrsbetriebe (LVB) have officially presented the first of 14 Tramino XL Light Rail Vehicles (LRVs) in Leipzig, Germany.
Industry news • 4 October 2016 • Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport
The first Alstom Citadis trams for cross-border services between the city of Strasbourg in France and Kehl in Germany have been delivered for operational testing.
Issue 1 2016 • 25 February 2016 • Alexander Dobrindt, Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Germany
There is almost no other country in the world which stands for decentralised prosperity like Germany. Our highly developed public road and rail transport network makes a substantial contribution in this respect by providing the relevant links in metropolitan regions as well as in rural areas. After all, a properly functioning transport system is the basis for growth, wealth and jobs. When looking at the wealth pyramid of modern economies, we see there can be no prosperity without mobility – this is a fundamental principle of economics. Besides, mobility is the prerequisite for individual freedom, social inclusion and for a high quality of life of our citizens…
Issue 1 2016 • 25 February 2016 • Alexander Freitag, Managing Director, and Markus Haller, Head of Conceptual Design at The Munich Transport and Tariff Association (MVV)
The Munich Transport and Tariff Association (MVV) is one of the most successful transport associations in Europe. The continually growing passenger numbers – in 2015 they reached for the first time an estimated 700 million – have clearly confirmed this. Yet, there is no time to sit back. To further build on the success of the second oldest German transport association, Alexander Freitag, Managing Director, and Markus Haller, Head of Conceptual Design, explain that intensive work is urgently needed on several fronts, with particular focus on three topics: infrastructure development, multimodality and tariff reformation…
Issue 1 2016 • 25 February 2016 • Henrik Falk, CEO of Hamburger Hochbahn AG
Hamburg is a growing city; its population is expected to increase by 100,000 by 2025, and with it, people will demand a lot from the city’s public transport offering. For Eurotransport, Henrik Falk, CEO of Hamburger Hochbahn AG – the organisation responsible for operating the metro system and most buses in Hamburg – explains that many steps have already been taken to make the public transport fit for the future, but expanding the U-Bahn network really will make a positive long-term difference…
Industry news • 16 December 2015 • Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport
The German city of Plauen will receive three additional Bombardier Flexity trams as part of an option included in a contract signed in 2012.
Industry news • 21 July 2015 • Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport
Bombardier’s new Drivers Assistance System for trams has received approval for passenger service in Frankfurt, Germany.
Industry news • 17 July 2015 • Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport
Bavaria welcomed the first redesigned Solaris Urbino 12 bus to enter service within the regional bus network of the Munich Transport and Tariff Association (MVV) since its launch in June.
Industry news • 26 May 2015 • Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport
SWU Verkehr GmbH, a subsidiary of Ulm municipal authority in Germany, has signed a contract with Siemens for the supply of 12 Avenio M light rail vehicles.
Issue 1 2015 • 12 March 2015 • Alexander Dobrindt, German Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure
Local public transport is the mainstay of sustainable urban and regional transport in Germany. The record figure of almost 11 billion journeys in 2013 is impressive proof that demand for public transport is higher than ever. It enables people to enjoy a high degree of mobility, reduces the level of private traffic and makes a significant contribution towards protecting the environment and tackling climate change. As German Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Alexander Dobrindt explains, all these elements are good reasons for further strengthening the overall system – comprising regular scheduled buses, trams, underground railways and rapid transit systems – and, above all, further improving its connectivity with other types of transport…
Issue 1 2015 • 12 March 2015 • Dr Sigrid Evelyn Nikutta, BVG
Chairwoman of the Management Board and Chief Executive Officer of the BVG, Dr Sigrid Evelyn Nikutta, takes a look at current challenges and new opportunities on the horizon for the operator to ensure that public transport in the future will be Berlin’s number one mode of travel…
Issue 1 2015 • 12 March 2015 • Peter Buchner, Ingo Priegnitz & Felix Pohl, S-Bahn Berlin
No other transport company can look back on such a past as rich and varied as S-Bahn Berlin. The network operator celebrated its 90th birthday on 8 August 2014, following the most severe crisis in its history. It successfully overcame these difficulties and now transports more than 400 million passengers a year – a record figure which reveals how S-Bahn Berlin has triumphed over the most adverse situations. Peter Buchner, Chairman of the Board of Directors, along with colleagues Ingo Priegnitz and Felix Pohl, take a look back at the difficult years and how the transport company has returned to form and looks to the future…