Cantus Verkehrsgesellschaft

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Cantus Verkehrsgesellschaft
GmbH
Industry Transport
Founded 2005
Headquarters Kassel, Hesse, Germany
Key people
  • Veit Salzmann
  • Andreas Ortz
Products transport
Owner
Number of employees
85
Website www.cantus-bahn.de

Cantus Verkehrsgesellschaft mbH (which translates roughly as Cantus Transport Company Ltd), based in Kassel is a joint subsidiary of Hessische Landesbahn (HLB) and Hamburger Hochbahn (HHA). The word cantus refers to a steel rail-wheel tyre and is written in all lower case in the company's style. The company took over local rail passenger services on four routes in December 2006 for ten years. After the re-tendering of the unchanged Northeast Hesse network on 15 June 2013 for 15 years from 11 December 2016, cantus was again awarded the contract on 24 March 2014. Since then, annual traffic of 3.9 million train-kilometres with 21 Stadler FLIRT electric multiple units has been operated.[1]

Lines R7 and R8 are coupled between Göttingen and Eichenberg.

Line R8 was designated as R1 until 2015.

Twenty 3-car and 4-car Stadler FLIRT EMUs were ordered and are used on all four lines. The 3-car vehicles can carry 343 (167 seated), the four-car vehicles 457 (219 seated). Three-car units are designated 427 (centre section: 827) and four-car units 428/828).

The vehicles were tested in November 2006 to test travels on the Friedberg-Hanau line of the HLB as well as the KBS 209.60 (operated by ODEG railway in which the HHA is involved). The HHA is also active in Hessen in the city bus services of Wiesbaden (WiBus) and Fulda (Fulda bus). In addition Cantus took part in the Bavarian subnetwork around Würzburg, which reaches Schlüchtern in a branch south of Fulda, but was subject to a competition procedure from DB Regio AG.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sebastian Bosch (1 January 2017). "Die cantus Verkehrsgesellschaft mbH". Bahn-Report (in German). 35 (205): 26–27. ISSN 0178-4528. 

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