Bonn · The Rhein-Sieg (VRS) and the Stadtwerke Bonn (SWB) public transportation companies want to improve their services for passengers. One example is that those who have purchased season tickets can ask for a refund during the corona pandemic.
As of May 1, the Rhine-Sieg Transport Association (VRS) is responding to changes in local transport which have been brought on by the pandemic. They want to improve services for customers, with all the local transport companies participating, including Stadtwerke Bus und Bahn (SWB). Here are the details about what is planned:
Need for new local transport solutions
Since October 2019, the city of Bonn, the Rhine-Sieg district and the Future Mobility Network NRW of the Rhine-Sieg Transport Association (VRS) have been trying to encourage commuters to switch from their cars to bicycles and local transport with the “Jobwärts” program. The idea of “Jobwärts” is to appeal to employers and find solutions to make this possible.
According to the city, people's desire for a "mobility turnaround" is palpable. In addition to Deutsche Post DHL, Telekom, the University of Bonn and the University Hospital, which have been involved in the project from the beginning, more than 20 employers are willing to participate. Despite the pandemic, in 2020 just under 1,200 employees would have accepted offers from “Jobwärts” and come to work by bike or bus and tram. Eighty percent of the participants surveyed said they considered their chosen mode of transport to be a realistic alternative to the car.
Originally, the federal government had funded the “Jobwärts” program. However, funding under Lead City, a test run for improving the air quality in cities, expired at the end of 2020. The city, district and Future Network extended “Jobwärts” with their own funding until the end of 2022, partly because of the pandemic. By then, 60 employers and 70,000 employees in Bonn and the surrounding area are expected to have participated in the program. The city is already taking stock of the fact that the reduced demand for local transport during the pandemic and the greater interest in home offices will have to lead to alternative models.
(Orig. text: Philipp Königs / Translation: Carol Kloeppel)