Mainz, Germany

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agglomeration: 5,550,619
city: 218,651

Land area

98 km2

Population density

2231 inhabitants/km2

Mainz is the capital of the German Federal State of Rhineland-Palatinate. Together with the Hessian capital Wiesbaden on the other side of the Rhine, it forms an agglomeration counting approximately 480.000 inhabitants. In its wider context, it is located in the dense network of cities in the Frankfurt-Rhine-Main-Region which is well-known for its prospering economy and the resulting high amount of commuting traffic. Hence the city is endowed with a good accessibility via road and train. Several highways and freeways surround the city, connecting it to the neighbouring Frankfurt International Airport. Public transport plays a decisive role in commuting traffic: A network of five tram lines, which was being extended till 2016, as well as 29 bus lines form the backbone of the local public transport system. Furthermore, the city is connected to the suburban train system of the Rhine-Main-Region. There are concrete plans to build a connecting Tramway between Mainz and Wiesbaden called “Citybahn”.

The promotion of sustainable transport is amongst others enabled by the local transportation company Mainzer Mobilität which implemented a bike sharing scheme, which was also extended to Wiesbaden 2018. Means for sustainable transport – e.g. the promotion of public transport, bicycle and pedestrian mobility – have furthermore been pushed forward by the current Green City Masterplan M³, and the local transport plan (Nahverkehrsplan). A comprehensive transport development plan, such as the commonly deployed VEP, does not exist at the moment. However, a mobility planning strategy is intended to be developed.

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Year 2008


City of Mainz

Survey method:

SrV (System repräsentativer Verkehrsbefragungen)




Contact person for Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning

Sascha Mueller

Telephone: +49 (0)6131 12 3821
Email: mainz.desascha.muellerstadt
City website:
Political representative: Katrin Eder, City of Mainz, Head of the Department of Environment, Traffic and Transport

Status of the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan

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