With the start of the winter plan, the city of Frankfurt will operate a further ten bus routes on its own. 49 new diesel vehicles are used. She stopped the privatization of lines.

Ready for use: vehicles from the new bus fleet in Frankfurt

Mith the timetable change on December 13th, 49 new regular buses of the municipal transport company In-der-City-Bus will start operating in Frankfurt. They all meet the requirements of the Euro VI standard, which is currently the strictest emission standard for buses with diesel engines. According to the head of the transport department, Klaus Oesterling (SPD), it is the largest one-time investment in Frankfurt bus transport since the Second World War.

The acquisition was necessary, among other things, because the city transport company is taking over ten more bus routes with the new timetable, which had previously been privatized. The city is again operating around half of the bus routes in Frankfurt on its own. At the beginning of its work four years ago, the Roman coalition agreed on the goal of remunicipalising at least parts of bus traffic. “We found it wrong that the city had withdrawn from bus traffic,” said Oesterling.

Bottleneck in electric buses

The question remains why the city-owned company is not investing in electric buses but in diesel vehicles. According to Oesterling, the reason for this is that electric buses are not yet available in unlimited numbers, and they are almost twice as expensive as those with conventional drive technology. Nevertheless, In-der-City-Bus GmbH (ICB) is also investing in electric buses and will be using eleven such vehicles at the beginning of next year, especially on busy roads, in order to help minimize pollution in the air.

A total of 30 e-buses will then be on the streets of Frankfurt in 2021. But the Frankfurt bus fleet, which will soon be more than 400 vehicles, is already one of the cleanest in Germany, according to the presentation of the buses. There are 254 buses in use that meet the Euro VI standard.