The Hamburger Verkehrsverbund’s (HVV) new timetable takes effect on December 9, 2018, and marks a major expansion of HVV’s services, according to Dietrich Hartmann, Managing Director of HVV. The main focus will be on tighter intervals, extended lines and the abolition of short trains. The StadtRad will also be extended and upgraded. This comes against the backdrop of rising passenger numbers and an average 2.6 million passengers per day and 780.7 million passengers a year at present.
Mobility mix to protect the climate
Michael Westhagemann, Senator for Economics and Transport, said: “We have to offer everyone in Hamburg efficient transport. At the same time, we have to organise transport in a more environment-friendly manner. We need a mobility mix that benefits people and the economy while at the same time protecting the climate. In other words, we must reconcile the mobility of people and goods with the quality of life and the environment. This can only work, if HVV and the transport companies, make an offer that the people of Hamburg and the many commuters cannot refuse.”
Hamburg’s public transport system – linchpin of modern mobility
Hartmann termed the expanded range of services as “the most extensive in many years”. Public transport is the linchpin of modern mobility, he noted. The U1 and U3 lines, for instance, are to be reinforced and will run every 2.5 minutes. Short trains will no longer be operated during the day or in the evening. Plans are also being laid to improve connections to southern Hamburg. The popular S3 line will be upgraded to accommodate up to 1,500 passengers for rush hour services. New MetroBus lines will be launched including large-capacity buses.
The bicycle rental system StadtRad, operated by Deutsche Bahn Connect GmbH, will undergo extensive changes. The entire bicycle fleet will be renewed and expanded to 4,500 bicycles from 2,450 at present. Some 70 electrically operated load bikes will also be available for hire in 2019. More information can be found here. A new stop called U4 – Elbbrücken will be opened on December 6, 2018.