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Issue 1 2011 • 25 February 2011 • Michael Budig, Managing Director, Verkehrsgesellschaft Frankfurt am Main (VGF) and Bernd Conrads, Director of Corporate Communications, Verkehrsgesellschaft Frankfurt am Main (VGF)
The Verkehrsgesellschaft Frankfurt am Main (Frankfurt am Main Transport Company) is not only one of the largest employers in the city but it also invests millions of Euros into new construction, modernisation and maintenance of its mobile and stationary infrastructure.
On workday mornings when the commuter flow begins, Frankfurt becomes a city with over a million inhabitants. More than 325,000 people come from the Rhein/Main region – and even further afield – to their jobs in the city. Without high capacity public transport, the inner-city roads would be packed mostly with cars; the logical consequence of this being gridlock. With its underground trains, trams and – at least partially – buses, the Frankfurt am Main transport company (VGF) guarantees that Frankfurt’s 673,000 inhabitants and those living and working in the city during the day, keep moving – without using their cars.
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.