The situation on commuter routes in Berlin's public transport system remains tense for the time being. The CEO of Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG), Sigrid Nikutta, cited a shortage of usable vehicles and available personnel, an increasing number of passengers and heavier traffic as reasons for overcrowded buses and subways on some routes. She defended herself against criticism from head of government Michael Müller before appearing before the SPD and Green parliamentary groups on Tuesday.
New trains and buses commissioned
Punctuality and reliability are not as bad as they are sometimes portrayed, Nikutta said. The total number of passenger trips increased by 3.2 percent to 1.1 billion in 2018. Investments in new buses, trams and subways are apparently under way. However, most new vehicles will only strengthen fleets in a few years' time. Until then, passengers will have to be patient - and move even closer together.