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Die Hamburger Hochbahn AG zählte in 2017 so viele Fahrgäste wie nie © Spahrbier

Record passenger numbers for Hamburg's Hochbahn

Record 455 million passengers - first autonomous buses to be tested in 2018

A record 455 million passengers used Hamburg’s Hochbahn in 2017, Hochbahn AG announced Monday (January 15, 2018). Christoph Kreienbaum, Press Officer at Hochbahn AG, commented: “That means an increase of 2 per cent (a rise of 11 million) in passenger numbers over 2016.” Henrik Falk, CEO of Hochbahn AG, also commented on the Hamburg Electric Autonomous Transportation or HEAT project which the company is managing.

Tests of self-propelled vehicles in HafenCity

Tests of the first self-propelled electric buses will get underway in HafenCity this year, Kreinbaum told Hamburg News, adding: “This is a research and development project which we are working on with key partners.” Hochbahn AG is managing the project in co-operation with the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Transport and Innovation, the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Agency of Roads, Bridges and Water (LSBG), the Hamburg Verkehrsanlagen GmbH (HHVA) and partners from science and industry. Last December, HEAT received EUR 3.7 million in funds from the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Reactor Safety.

HVV – most popular in Germany

Users of Hamburger Verkehrsverbund (HVV) were particularly satisfied with the services, according to a recent study of public transport in six big German cities. HVV includes 30 transport companies that service networks in Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein and Lower Saxony while Hochbahn AG is the main transport provider in downtown Hamburg. From November 2017 to January 2018, around 70 per cent of 19,400 social media postings, especially on Twitter, about local transport in Hamburg were positive, an analysis by Vico Research & Consulting found.

Hamburg topped the ranking of the most popular local transport providers followed by Berlin (54 per cent) while Munich came last with a mere 26 per cent.

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