Trams in Frankfurt am Main
|This article may be expanded with text translated from the corresponding article in the German Wikipedia. (October 2012)|
|Frankfurt am Main
|Frankfurt am Main type R tram no. 021
at Ernst-May-Platz, Bornheim, 2007
|Locale||Frankfurt am Main, Hesse, Germany|
& 1 heritage streetcar line
|Operator(s)||Stadtwerke Verkehrsgesellschaft Frankfurt am Main (vgF)|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)
|Electrification||600 V DC|
9 heritage streetcars
|Route length||67.3 km (41.8 mi)|
|Passengers (2012)||49.9 million|
Trams in Frankfurt am Main are the oldest light rail systems in the city, and a major part of the public transport network in Frankfurt, the first horse tram routes having started operations in 1872. The system was one of the first electrical tramlines in the world, with the first electrified tram line starting in 1884. For many decades in the mid-20th Century, it was the firm policy that Frankfurt's trams would eventually be phased out and replaced by buses and extensions of the U-Bahn. But since the beginning of the 1990s, the direction of Frankfurt's urban traffic policy has changed and its tramways have been renovated and expanded, with a new route, Line 18, opening in 2011. Although the various lines were founded by a number of private and public operators, all trams are now operated by Verkehrsgesellschaft Frankfurt (VGF, English: Frankfurt Transport Company), and the system is part of the Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund (RMV, English: Rhine-Main transport network).
As of 2012[update], there are 10 tram lines, along with two special lines and one heritage streetcar tourist tramline, and the network is also heavily integrated into the Frankfurt U-Bahn, with the systems sharing both street running and reserved track. In 2012, the tram network served 136 stations, operating on total network route length of 67.25 kilometres (41.79 mi). In the same year, the Frankfurt tram system carried 49.9 million passengers, about 30% of total public transport ridership in Frankfurt.
|11|| Höchst Zuckschwerdtstraße
Mainzer Landstraße – Bahnhofsviertel–/Altstadtstrecke – Hanauer Landstraße und Fechenheim
|12|| Schwanheim Rheinlandstraße
Waldbahn – Bahnhofsviertel-/Altstadtstrecke – Kurt-Schumacher-Straße – Bornheim – Hanauer Landstraße
|14|| Neu-Isenburg Stadtgrenze (city limits)
Waldbahn – Sachsenhausen – Wittelsbacherallee
|15|| Niederrad Haardtwaldplatz
Niederrad – Sachsenhausen – Offenbacher Landstraße
Offenbach Stadtgrenze (city limits)
Ginnheim – Bockenheim – Sachsenhausen – Offenbacher Landstraße
Offenbach Stadtgrenze (city limits)
Hauptbahnhof, Pforzheimer Straße
|19|| Schwanheim Rheinlandstraße
Waldbahn – Niederrad – Sachsenhausen
|21|| Nied Kirche (peak times) / Gallus Mönchhofstraße
Mainzer Landstraße – Abzweig Kleyerstraße – Niederrad
|EE||Sightseeing circular Ebbelwei-Expreß|
The special lines Ebbelwei express and Lieschen are occupied exclusively with older high-floor K-Wagen.
The Stadtbahn line U5 corresponds to a large extent to that of a conventional tram, however it is officially designated as an underground line. The conversion into a low-floor tramline is at present in planning.
This special line was started in 1977 on the occasion of the forthcoming decommission of the last four axle trams and should have actually operated only for a short time. Owing to its enormous success, it still remains in service to the present day.
- "ZAHLENSPIEGEL 2012" [STATISTICS 2012] (pdf) (in German). vgF. December 31, 2012. Retrieved 2013-09-29.
- "History - The history of local public passenger transport in Frankfurt" (in English). vgF. Retrieved 2013-09-29.
- "New underground and tram lines". Retrieved 2012-02-07.
- "City tour with the Ebbelwei-Express" (in English). vgF. Retrieved 2013-09-30.
- "VGF Ebbelwei-Expreß". vgF. Retrieved 2013-09-30.
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- Verkehrsgesellschaft (vgF) Frankfurt - official site (German)
- Trampage Frankfurt (German)