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Corona: Deutsche Bahn wants to use app to warn travelers that trains are running at full capacity

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Deutsche Bahn wants to use its app to warn against the fullest in the Corona crisis.

The Nagivator app that is already in use is intended to show travelers trains that are over 50 percent full.

In this way, the flow of passengers should be better controlled so that there are no dangerously narrow situations on the trains in the coming weeks.

Deutsche Bahn wants to use its app to warn against the fullest in the Corona crisis. The “Spiegel” reported this morning, citing corporate groups, the rail navigator and the Internet presence of the railways had been reprogrammed so that users would see trains with a load of 50 percent and more. This should give you the opportunity to access less frequented connections. In this way, the flow of passengers should be better controlled so that there are no dangerously narrow situations on the trains in the coming weeks.

If, despite this warning, reservations should continue to increase on a certain connection, the app and the booking page prevented the train from being able to be booked and reserved in the future. This function is said to be activated in the coming days.

Berthold Huber, the board member responsible for passenger transport, wants to explain this morning how his company wants to gradually increase capacities both in long-distance and regional transport and to move closer to the normal timetable. The railroad had shut down its offer due to massive drops in passenger numbers in the Corona crisis.

According to the “Spiegel” report, anyone who goes to the train station can continue to board a full train, for whom the app no ​​longer sells a ticket or makes a reservation, despite the app. Minister of Transport Andreas Scheuer discussed a reservation obligation at the end of April, but made it clear that this question had not been fixed. It is a question of how passenger flows are organized above all at large train stations. A closed system would mean that customers have to book a seat on a particular train – just like on an airplane.

In France, the state railways SNCF had already announced at the beginning of May that rail travelers could find out about the load on the trains before the journey. For each train there should be a corresponding symbol in the app one day before the departure. This applies particularly to regional trains. Reservations are mandatory in France for long-distance trains such as the TGV. There, the booking should be blocked when the occupancy rate reaches 50 percent.

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