Almost a fifth fewer passengers on buses and trains

Released on 21.09. 2021

  • An S-Bahn in Berlin Central Station. Photo: Carsten Koall

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Also in the year 2021 the Impact of the pandemic on passenger numbers. The greatest decline in the first half of the year was in long-distance bus traffic.

Wiesbaden (dpa) – The corona pandemic continues to cause a decrease in the number of passengers on buses and trains. In the first half of the year 2021 almost 3.5 billion trips were registered and thus 18 Percent less than in the same period of the previous year, as the Federal Statistical Office announced.

That was in long-distance rail transport Minus at 34 percent, in long-distance bus traffic even at 92 percent. Local public transport with buses and trams, which makes up 92 percent of scheduled traffic, was 17 Percent below the previous year’s value, but these are preliminary results. Compared to the first half of the year 2019, the year before the outbreak of the coronavirus, the overall decrease is 42 percent.

The decisive factor for the decline is the first quarter 2021: While between January and March with 39 Percent significantly fewer people used public transport than in the same period of the previous year, from April to June there was an increase of 20 percent in local traffic and 51 percent in long-distance traffic. The entire first quarter 2021 was marked by the pandemic, while the virus only had a significant impact on public transport a year earlier from March. In the second quarter 2021 again more people took buses and trains than a year before.

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