Public Transport in Frankfurt: A Practical Approach

Public Transport in Frankfurt: A Practical Approach


Kirsten Anlauf, TraffiQ Lokale Nahverkehrsgesellschaft Frankfurt Am Main MbH


The transport authorities’ role in finding innovative and cost effective solutions toward low emission vehicles


The transport authorities’ role in finding innovative and cost effective solutions toward low emission vehicles

1) Explanation / presentation of the Frankfurt Model

For the reason of separating the management and the operation level of public transportation the company traffiQ was founded in 2001.
traffiQ is a 100 % subsidiary of the city of Frankfurt and is the managing authority for public transportation within the city.
traffiQ puts out the bus services of the city to competitive tender.
For rail transport traffiQ does a direct award according to European law (EUVO1370).

2) Different needs of mobility

Frankfurt is situated in the heart of the Rhein/Main region with millions of people flowing in and out the city every day. Already high commuter flows continue to grow and as well as more and more people move into the economically booming city.

One of the challenges is to handle the mobility needs of the expanding population while minimizing carbon output.

The shift of the modal split towards more sustainability has to be worked on. Changing travel behavior has to be regarded and changing customer needs have to be fulfilled.
Some figures about tube, tram and bus will be presented.
Customer development will be pointed out (the number of 200 Mio travelers per year is already exceeded).

3) Challenge today

Already as early as 1884 the first electric tramlines were used for public transportation in Frankfurt. Today city-rail-transport is powered by green energy, mitigating carbon output.
E-mobility and alternative technology help to provide/fulfill lower emission standards.

Procurement helps establishing technical standards also for non-environmental needs (e.g. EEV, limits on noise pollution, accessibility for disabled or elderly).
In 2009 the city of Frankfurt set a goal to take a leading role in becoming a model for e-mobility and in this respect a resolution was passed (Resolution 07.05.09 AS5885).

In order to be successful to introduce new technologies, different partners need to work together throughout the entire chain of mobility.
Information about the project work in Frankfurt (e.g. Aktionslabel „Frankfurtemobil“) and the
EU (EVUE [Electric Vehicles in Urban Europe]) will be given.

Financial aspects will be pointed out. The current financial/economic crises cause a deficit in public funds. We strive for higher standards; however there is a shortage of cash with which to realize those standards. Automobiles are a prime example. The cost to buy an electric vehicle is about twice that of a similar vehicle with an internal combustion engine - a challenge in times of budgetary constraint.

4) Future prospects / megatrend of more mobility

Success of the latest bus tender will be explained.
traffiQ thinks that competition has to and will ensure that the requests made by the market will be met; that present and future mobility-needs will be fulfilled.

In the latest procurement documents, alternative transport technologies are an objective.
Alternative transport technologies in public transport meet the needs of a “green city”.
Frankfurt was a finalist in a European competition, the European Green Capital Award.
traffiQ will work to ensure that the city's needs for more and sustainable mobility will be reached and is open for new approaches.


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