Millions of avoid public transport

Millions of avoid public transport

The Corona pandemic has dramatically disappeared the passenger numbers in buses and trains. From April to June, according to the statistical federal office about 75 percent less people in long-distance traffic were traveled than in the same period of the previous year. The railway long-distance traffic shrank by 71 percent, the bus service with long-distance buses experienced a minus of 96 percent. Throughout the first half of 2020, around 46 percent less in public transport vehicles were traveling at 45 million people than in the same period of the previous year.

In the local traffic, which made almost 99 percent of the total line traffic in the first half of 2019, the backgings in the first half of 2020 are not finished in the first half of 2020 because of many time tickets, the Federal Statistical Office announced. After leading results in railway transport with 874 million tracks, 37 percent fewer people were traveling on the road than in the same period of the previous year, in line traffic with buses 22 percent and in suspension railways – to which urban railways, high and sub-railways and suspension railways pay – 24 percent less.

The second quarter of the year was surprised by the Corona restrictions, which had been directed from Marz – Schools and Kitas had to shut up, workers remained in the home office, also the cultural and sports operation rested before.

20 percent less passenger

The interim low of the passenger numbers in the OPNV will give the association of German transport companies (VDV) at 20 percent of the previous year’s level. Nevertheless, companies considered traffic to the coarse part. This is also planned for renewed restrictions of public life. "However, the maintenance of a comprehensive OPNV offer must be financed with falling forgiveness income. Otherwise, this is not affordable", explained VDV-Prasident Ingo Wortmann. The companies are financially under prere. Bund and Lander have therefore decided to compensate for the pits.

Currently, the utilization of the buses and trains according to VDV information on average is around 70 percent of the previous year’s level. After years of record values, in addition to occupational speakers, tourists and occasional customers were missing, as fairs, concerts and sporting events did not take place or only very surprised.

Last week, the mobility took place in counties and county-free city with a critical 7-day incidence of the 38. Calendar week (14. until 20. September) by twelve percent. "Although factors such as the weather and the tourist activity influence the mobility of the population, the mobility in the less affected regions in the same period was only increased by six percent and thus about half as much", writes the Federal Statistical Office.

"Follow the pandemic for a long time to traces"

When the pre-crisis level was reached again, depending on the infection events and state-prescribed restrictions, explained VDV-Prasident Wortmann: "However, we expect that we will trace the consequences of the pandemic far beyond the end of the year." In order to take the passenger’s care, the industry currently sets a clearance campaign. Celebrities like musician Wolfgang Niedecken and ex-handball Stefan Kretzschmar call for buses and trains.

For rail distance traffic, the Federal Statistical Office has made an evaluation of anonymous mobile data. This show that the utilization of the course has risen in the meantime, since August but again sink. The trend had stanned again in October, so that the numbers were now up to 50 percent below the previous year’s figures. (With material of the DPA/

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