Often referred to as 'Mainhattan' because of its location on Germany’s Main river, Frankfurt has emerged as the nation’s economic heart. But despite development and massive population growth, investments into rail transport have helped Frankfurt remain one of the best places to live.
Even though some Frankfurters don’t love the Wall Street nickname, preferring the title ‘World's Smallest Metropolis,’ the city will probably never shake its economic image. A financial city since the Middle Ages, Frankfurt is home to the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and the DAX, as well as the headquarters of the European Central Bank, Commerzbank and Deutsche Bank. In addition to a long list of other important economic services, institutions, companies, Mainhattan is also a major regional and international rail hub and home to Germany’s busiest airport.
Urbanization and population growth come with economic progress and, even though it’s a relatively small city, Frankfurt’s population is expected to continue its growth for decades at least. Keeping the city moving every day, to and from work, to visit the grandchildren or go to the doctor, is overseen by the regional operator Rhine-Main Transport Association (RMV).
- more than ever before and projections show that by 2030 the number will reach the billions. But Frankfurt has already laid the groundwork for strong rail mobility and the rising number of commuters switching to public transport shows how effective a tool urban mobility is in balancing development and livability.
First entering service in 2011, Frankfurt’s fleet of 224 FLEXITY
Swift trams is currently being expanded as we are in the process of building 22 centre cars for Verkehrsgesellschaft Frankfurt’s (VGF) fleet of vehicles at our Bautzen site.
The modern FLEXITY Swift Light Rail Vehicle’s (LRV) multi-purpose areas provide space for wheelchairs, luggage and strollers. They also feature entrances with eight or four,
wide double-doors, enabling speedy
and obstacle-free access for
passengers. Many of the newer vehicles are equipped with video surveillance systems to enhance security and prevent vandalism while air-conditioning ensures a pleasant commute during Germany’s hot summer days.
With all the bustling international business, people need to be able to get into and out of Frankfurt quickly and easily. Luckily for them, Frankfurt
am Main Airport has been equipped with an INNOVIA APM 100 automated people mover system. Known as the SkyTrain, it was Germany’s first automatic people mover system and helps Germany’s busiest airport move its 65 million passengers per year.
We didn’t just manufacture the Frankfurt Airport’s high-performing turnkey transit system; we’ve also been operating and maintaining it since it opened over 25 years ago.
that includes upgrading the system’s signalling to our communication based - extending its lifecycle for at least another ten years while increasing the system’s performance and flexibility – which already has nearly 100 per cent availability.
In October of 2019, we celebrated the 25th anniversary of Frankfurt Airport's SkyLine, Germany's first automated people mover system.
Our proven locomotives also provide Frankfurt with hauling capacity. To keep people moving in and around Frankfurt, amongst others TRAXX AC and TRAXX DEME locomotives are busy.
A smart investment into sustainable mobility, the electric TRAXX AC locomotives feature a regenerative braking system that reduces energy needs by capturing lost energy from braking and feeding that energy back into the overhead system. The TRAXX AC is also a high-performance mobility solution, stronger than earlier generations. Referred to as the ‘whispering locomotive’, the TRAXX DEME is also much quieter than older diesel locomotives.
RMV’s investments into public mobility, has also helped keep the area livable for business commuters or those looking for a quieter life outside the city. Currently, 91 Class 430 Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) commuter trains are in service in Frankfurt, andand the surrounding area. These new trains will be operated by the RMV, in the main railway network in Germany’s Frankfurt Rhine-Main area.
Frankfurt's seven new Class 430 EMUs will link easily with the first-generation of trains that have been in steady passenger service for six years. The new trains feature video surveillance to increase passenger and employee safety, and its expansive layout and air-conditioning system ensures passenger comfort – specifically during Germany’s hot summers. Additionally, the trains have a wide multi-purpose area and a modern passenger information system displaying up-to-date information on connecting trains.
The S-Bahn is constantly growing and offers a wide-range of products and services. For example, from 2018 to 2019, passenger numbers on the S-Bahn network
. In December 2019, a new S-Bahn station opened resulting in a shortened commute time from Frankfurt Central Station to Gateway Gardens, Frankfurt’s new Business Quartier, by 20 minutes. Now, the journey only takes ten.
Even with all its rapid growth and economic hustle and bustle, Frankfurt is still one of the world’s better places to live. While it ranks in the top five of Germany’s strongest economic cities, Mainhattan’s city limits are considered “green”, with over 50 per cent of the area within city limits being forest, park or grass. And that’s not it, according to business consultancy agency , Frankfurt ranks number seven globally on a combined matrix of factors that includes, economics, transport and other indicators. Arcadis is another agency that placed Frankfurt in the top ten in their 2018 global review of the world’s . Balancing strong economic growth with a robust and efficient public transportation has helped keep the World’s Smallest Metropolis livable.
/ Press release
/ Press release