Number of rail passengers in Germany drops 40 percent in March
Clean Energy Wire
The total number of rail passengers on Germany's long and short distance routes fell 40 percent in March compared to a year ago, according to national statistics office Destatis. The number of passengers in public short-distance passenger transport by bus and rail can be expected to decline by roughly 11 percent in the first quarter of 2020. The number of passengers in local rail transport, including suburban trains, fell particularly sharply (-15%). But also in tram transport, which includes light rail, metro, underground and suspension railway transport, as well as in buses, passenger numbers fell by about 9% each. Long-distance rail travel registered a decline of 13 percent in the quarter. "In the first quarter of 2019, 34.6 million passengers were still travelling in long-distance rail transport," Destatis said. An average of about 32 million passengers per day used Germany's public transport.