The Hamburger Hochbahn AG (HHA) achieved record passenger numbers in 2016 with a 1.5 per cent rise to 444.1 million over 437.5 million in 2015, a press release said Monday. Around 6.6 million more passengers are using buses and subways. The annual report also showed an increase of EUR 10 million in sales last year. HHA’s cost recovery ratio rose to 91.6 per cent in 2016 over 89.6 per cent in 2015. Commenting on the results, Senator Frank Horch, Chairman of the Board and State Minister of Economics, Transport and Innovation, said: “2016 war a truly successful year for HOCHBAHN and Hamburg – not least with excellent business results. We have set a course for the future. The barrier-free expansion of the existing underground network is going according to plan. The DT5 fleet is growing steadily and the switch to an emission-free bus fleet is going ahead.”
Complete switch to electric mobility
HHA is encouraging more people to travel on buses and trains in a bid to raise passenger numbers. Henrik Falk, CEO of HHA, said: “From 2020, we will purchase only emission-free electric buses. We launched a nationwide procurement initiative in Hamburg and are sending a clear signal to manufacturers. In tangible terms, that means procurement this summer. Then, we will issue a tender for 60 buses that we want to put into operation in Hamburg by 2020.“ Last year, Hamburg und Berlin launched a joint initiative to procure electric buses.
Pushing ahead with infrastructure and digitalisation projects
HHA’s new bus depot in Alsterdorf is being built at a cost of EUR 70 million and is scheduled to go into operation in 2018. The company hopes to add 240 emission-free electric buses in the coming years. Electricity supply, charging technology and garages in bus depots in Harburg, Wandsbek, Hummelsbüttel and Langenfelde is undergoing extensive refurbishment.
Emphasis is also on the HOCHBAHN#2030 digitalisation strategy. Apart from existing software projects for managing electric buses, projects to develop automated subway systems with digital traffic lamps indicating the location of fully occupied train and others with available space, are also being launched. “Intelligent and sustainable offers will help us strengthen our public transport and underline our ambition to become a model city of modern, urban transport in Germany and host of the ITS World Congress in 2021,” said Horch.
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