Division of responsibilities at RMV
Local passenger transport in Hesse is supported at three levels: at policy-making level, at executive level, where Hesse’s transport associations operate, and at company level, where the transport services are provided as contracted by the transport associations. The Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund [Rhine/Main Passenger Transport Association] functions as a regional service contractor at executive level. It also has an intermediary role between the policy-makers and the transport companies. RMV collaborates on a partnership basis with local organisations at the executive level (Local Passenger Transport Organisations or LNOs).
This three-tier model illustrates the integration of RMV into the organisational structure of the local passenger transport sector.
The essential requirements, such as decisions about the services offered or the fares system, are dealt with at the policy-making level. The executive level (i.e. RMV and LNOs) implement the political requirements.
Transport operators - for example, a company providing rail transport or a bus company contracted to provide services - are bound to RMV or the LNOs as service providers at company level by a transport contract. The companies in the RMV network area act independently in carrying out their responsibilities and in terms of their operational organisation in providing services.