Where buses and trains fail

With the strike, Verdi wants to enforce a collective agreement for 87,000 employees in local public transport. Here is an overview of who is affected.

Big rush on the buses in Frankfurt: Here the trams and subways are affected by the strike.


In Hesse, the buses in Wiesbaden, the trams and underground trains in Frankfurt and the trams and buses in Kassel remain in their depots. With the end of the late shift on Tuesday, the warning strike should end, said union spokeswoman Ute Fritzel. There was a “good participation”, so Fritzel.

The transport companies and transport associations affected by the warning strikes had already pointed out possible alternatives for passengers on Monday. S-Bahn and regional trains are not affected. In Frankfurt, the buses should also run as scheduled.


With the start of the early shift, the warning strikes in local public transport in Rhineland-Palatinate began on Tuesday. According to the Verdi union, around 1,400 employees stopped working on Tuesday morning. The cities of Mainz, Kaiserslautern, Trier and Pirmasens are affected. With the start of the morning shift on Wednesday, operations will be back to normal, said union spokesman Christian Umlauf.


In eleven Bavarian cities, the Verdi union has called on employees of municipal transport companies and private bus companies to take part in a labor dispute. The transport companies announced that buses and trains could therefore only run to a limited extent or fail completely throughout the day.

According to Verdi, there will be warning strikes in Munich, Nuremberg, Augsburg, Regensburg, Landshut, Fürth, Coburg, Bamberg, Aschaffenburg, Würzburg and Schweinfurt. In Regensburg, bus traffic is completely paralyzed, according to the Stadtwerke. The Munich transport company assumes that the subways in the state capital cannot run at all, trams and buses only partially.

Nürnberger Verkehrs-Aktiengesellschaft has set up a strike schedule: instead of underground trains and trams, buses run along the night line network. In Würzburg buses, garbage disposal and street cleaning are canceled.

Berlin and Brandenburg

The warning strike at the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) has been running since 3 a.m., as Jeremy Arndt, the negotiator of the Verdi union, said in the morning. The barriers remained down at the depots. The S-Bahn and regional trains run as usual.

“There are no buses, subways or trams”, the passengers learned on the display boards at numerous stops. Only the few lines of private BVG subcontractors still drove the yellow buses, many of them on the outskirts.

Significant restrictions for bus and train customers were also announced in Brandenburg. Workers of the twelve local public transport companies were called to go on a warning strike, said Jens Gröger, Verdi managing director for northeast Brandenburg and the responsible negotiator there, on Tuesday morning. The warning strike was supposed to last all day.

The following companies are affected:

  • Transport Authority Potsdam,
  • Regional transport company Dahme-Spreewald,
  • Uckermärkische Verkehrsgesellschaft,
  • Transport company Teltow-Fläming,
  • Bus service Oder-Spree
  • Barnimer Busgesellschaft,
  • Cottbus traffic,
  • Havelbus transport company,
  • Regiobus Potsdam Mittelmark,
  • City transport company Frankfurt (Oder),
  • Verkehrsbetriebe Brandenburg an der Havel and DB Regio Bus Ost.

The S-Bahn Berlin uses some additional trains, they run on the lines S1 (Zehlendorf-Potsdamer Platz) and S5 (Mahlsdorf-Ostbahnhof).


At the elevated railway, the operation was completely stopped – only the school traffic is tried to maintain, as the company announced. The Hamburg transport company has also stopped work. “The participation is high and the atmosphere is good,” said the Hamburg Verdi transport department manager, Natale Fontana.

North Rhine-Westphalia