Are users of buses and trains particularly at risk of corona? The risk of infection is rather low, as the Frankfurt Transport Company believes. Nevertheless, she is starting a hygiene pilot project.
Dhe Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund (RMV) and the two Frankfurt transport companies VGF and Traffiq want to intensify their efforts to improve hygiene in buses and trains, at stations and bus stops. Under the motto “Health has right of way”, the subjective feeling of security of passengers in Corona times should be further strengthened, according to a message from the Frankfurt Transport Company (VGF). “Because of the pandemic, there are many passengers with uncertainty and concerns,” and according to previous experience, buses and trains are not corona hotspots.
According to the VGF, the risk of infection in local public transport is rather low. According to all available knowledge, and contrary to the subjective perception of many passengers, the use of everyday masks or other mouth and nose covers, a constant supply of fresh air and the mostly short stay in trains, buses, in stations or at stops contribute to the risk of infection be small.
Set up disinfectant dispenser
The increased hygiene and safety precautions of the transport companies also made an important contribution to making local public transport safer in Corona times: shortened cleaning intervals, automatic door opening and increasing the air exchange.
At the central stations Hauptwache, Konstablerwache, Willy-Brand-Platz and Südbahnhof, frequently touched areas are cleaned in the mornings and evenings. Teams of two are busy disinfecting ticket machines, emergency and information pillars, elevators, seating and handrails. In addition, the VGF plans to initially set up 20 disinfectant dispensers in these four stations in a pilot test.
In addition, the transport company is currently testing two innovations, according to its own information: On the one hand, a device that works with ultraviolet rays was installed on an escalator at the Leipziger Straße station, which is intended to significantly reduce the number of germs on the handrail that is often touched. On the other hand, neuralgic areas in an elevator at the Konstablerwache have been given an antimicrobial coating that is supposed to kill viruses, bacteria and fungi.
The number of passengers on trains and buses has been increasing again for weeks. But the level of 2019 will certainly be undercut this year. From 2010, with 154.9 million passengers, to 2019, with 202.5 million, public transport in Frankfurt experienced a rapid upswing, which is now being interrupted by the corona pandemic.