Michael Budig - Articles and news items
Issue 1 2014 • 3 March 2014 • Michael Budig, Bernd Conrads, Verkehrgesellschaft Frankfurt am Main (VGF)
Verkehrsgesellschaft Frankfurt am Main (VGF) operates underground and tram lines in the city of Frankfurt – a city with more than 700,000 inhabitants and the fifth largest community of Germany. In 2003, the City of Frankfurt decided to put the whole of Frankfurt’s bus transport system out to European-wide tender. VGF’s own subsidiary – In-der-City-Bus (ICB) – has to date won 50% of the city’s bus lines. Today, VGF operates nine underground lines with a total length of 65km and nine tram lines with a length of around 67km. In 2013 these 18 lines transported more than 167 million passengers, and taking the buses into consideration too, Frankfurt’s public transport network carried more than 220 million passengers…
Frankfurt is constantly in motion – a metropolis of 667,000 inhabitants, with approximately 588,000 people travelling to their place of work in the city and travelling home again in the evening. Each working day, approximately 305,000 people commute into and out of Frankfurt – thus making it Germany’s fifth largest city.
On working days, 23% of Frankfurt’s travellers use the buses and railways. The municipal transport company ‘Verkehrsgesellschaft Frankfurt am Main’ (VGF) operates seven underground railway lines, eight tram lines and – including the services of its subsidiaries – 31 bus routes, meaning that, in effect, each day its employees working in driver service, operational control, monitoring and maintenance positions ensure the mobility of its 500,000 passengers.