The City of Frankfurt, Germany, which partnered with Yokohama in 2011, celebrated the 10th anniversary of the partnership this year. To commemorate this occasion, the city of Frankfurt launched on Thursday 10 June a train wrapped with a picture of the landscape of the cities of Frankfurt and Yokohama. Prior to the start of the service, an opening ceremony was held in Frankfurt on the same day. At the ceremony, the Mayor of Frankfurt, Mr. Feldmann stated: “Yokohama is the most cosmopolitan city in Japan and in this respect, it has an affinity with Frankfurt. Our important partnership is moving in a very positive direction.”
Outline of the Opening Ceremony
On Thursday, June 10, 2021 from 2pm to 2:30 pm, about 20 officially invited guests gathered at the VGF depot east in Frankfurt to celebrate the launch of the friendship-train. The Mayor of Frankfurt, the CEO of the VGF and the Chief Representative of our office held speeches, had a short photo session and then headed off with all participants onto a test ride to the city hall.
Due to the corona situation, there was not the opportunity of having a larger reception, however every participant was happy to be able to finally meet again and to finally see the friendship-train being launched.
Outline of the friendship-train
Operated by: the city transport company Verkehrsgesellschaft Frankfurt am Main (VGF), a subsidiary company of the City of Frankfurt
Period of operation: From June 10, 2021 (Thursday) – Scheduled to run for three to five years
Service section: on Frankfurt’s 9 underground lines