In the second quarter of this year, the number of passengers in local rail transport increased significantly. The relaxation of the corona measures and the 9-euro ticket introduced in June caused the number of passengers to increase by 74 percent compared to the same period last year, as the Federal Statistical Office reported on Friday based on user data automatically collected by the transport companies. Compared to the first quarter of the year, the number of passengers has grown by 46 percent.
Only companies that use automated passenger counting systems were considered in the special evaluation. In the previous quarter, they transported 59 percent of all passengers in local rail traffic and 48 percent of passengers in tram traffic.
With the nine-euro ticket, people also covered longer distances, the data suggests. The transport performance of the local railways, measured in passenger kilometers, more than doubled (113 percent) within a year. 21 percent more passengers traveled with trams and light rail vehicles than in the previous quarter and 48 percent more than in the same quarter of the previous year. The growth was therefore lower than in rail transport.