February 22, 2017

German rail passenger numbers bounce back

Written by  Keith Fender
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AFTER a small decline in 2015, passenger numbers on Germany's railways returned to growth in 2016, according to annual figures published this week by the German Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), which also show overall public transport usage reached record levels.

Total rail passenger trips increased 2.5% to to 2.63 billion passenger journeys in 2016. Long distance ridership, almost all of which is attributable to DB Long Distance, grew 5.3% in 2016 to 138 million journeys.

Growth in the long distance bus market slowed considerably from 25% in 2015 to just 4.7% in 2016, with passenger numbers reaching 24 million journeys.

Tram and metro networks recorded growth with ridership increasing 2.4% to 3.98 billion journeys.

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