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Düsseldorf extends test phase of environmental traces

Due to the corona pandemic, Düsseldorf's environmental traces are to remain longer than planned until September 16. Originally, the test of the first two tracks, scheduled for a year, would have expired in the Easter holidays. Since the environmental traces in Germany were partially removed at the beginning of the pandemic and there is still less traffic, the city administration wants to gain experience until almost autumn. This emerges from a template for the municipal transport committee.

The first environmental traces were set up in April 2019. In mid-March 2020, the environmental traces were initially removed. In the corona pandemic, they didn't want to push commuters into buses or trains. They have been in operation again since May 6th. The environmental traces are open to buses, taxis, e-cars and bicycles. At times they were also allowed to use carpooling. This has not been allowed for almost two weeks since the new federal road traffic regulations prohibit this, the administration said.

The city deduces from its first own studies that the environmental traces are a success – and have positive effects on air quality. Corona, air measurements and traffic monitoring are now distorted, according to the city. Nothing will change until the summer holidays. The traffic counts that are still necessary can therefore only be made after the summer holidays. The regulatory and transport committee is to give the green light for the extension at the end of May.

A controversial third environmental trail, which, among other things, had drawn criticism from the state transport minister, only started last autumn – and is therefore running longer.


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. (tagsToTranslate) Corona pandemic (t) Coronavirus (t) Düsseldorf (t) Air pollution control (t) Environmental trail