How public transport is organised in Hamburg

Hamburg Public Transport Association (Hamburger Verkehrsverbund HVV)

 

The Hamburg Public Transport Association (Hamburger Verkehrsverbund – HVV) was founded in 1965 by four public transport operators with the aim of providing an alternative to the rising popularity of private car ownership. To have one tariff, one ticket, and one timetable for one city – a state of affairs that seems perfectly normal today – was very innovative back then and was met with worldwide acclaim.


In 1996 the HVV transitioned from an operator-driven association to a public transport association of the Public Transport Authorities. Today the German federal states of Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein and Lower Saxony are associate partners of the HVV, along with the councils of the seven administrative districts surrounding Hamburg. In addition to HOCHBAHN, more than 30 public transport operators are affiliates of the HVV.


The role of the HVV is to translate the Public Transport Authorities’ strategy for an attractive, fundable and environmentally friendly public transport system into specific requirements and guidelines for the public transport operators. The HVV manages all public transport services for the Public Transport Authorities and coordinates the public transport operators.

 

Hamburg Public Transport Association (HVV)
Hamburg Public Transport Association © HOCHBAHN

     

Ownership of HOCHBAHN

HOCHBAHN is a 100% subsidiary of the Hamburger Gesellschaft für Vermögens- und Beteiligungsmanagement mbH (HGV). HGV Hamburger Gesellschaft für Vermögens- und Beteiligungsmanagement mbH is a holding which pools most of the publicly owned companies in Hamburg as well as further shares held by the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. 

Hamburger Gesellschaft für Vermögens- und Beteiligungsmanagement mbH (HGV)
Hamburger Gesellschaft für Vermögens- und Beteiligungsmanagement mbH (HGV) © HOCHBAHN