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Green strategy for a strong railway

For years, Deutsche Bahn has been at odds between international expansion and transport policy goals in Germany, between profit expectations and the common good. We want to realign DB and make the use of public transport much more attractive.

Invest in the infrastructure

To do this, the rail network must first become efficient again - we want to make 3,000 kilometers of rail more reactive and thus better connect rural areas and promote the electrification of many routes. In addition, noise protection is to be improved and an infrastructure fund set up to secure long-term funding.

In Germany it often takes decades to build new rail lines - if we take our climate goals seriously, we can no longer afford this pace. That is why a paradigm shift is finally needed in the federal infrastructure financing: The previous “road financing cycle”, which was introduced under CSU Transport Minister Ramsauer, must be replaced by the “traffic finances traffic turnaround” principle. This means that income from the truck toll will be invested more in the railways in the future and that planning capacity will also be significantly increased.

Better connections

With the Deutschlandtakt, rail traffic in Germany can be better linked. Better transfer relationships in the stations should enable more travel destinations than before in a shorter time than before and attract many new passengers. Our goal is to develop an attractive, comprehensive mobility offer with a reliable interval timetable and the seamless connection of long-distance and local transport.

However, this also includes finally reducing the structural distortions of competition in the German transport market between car and rail traffic. In an EU comparison, DB Netz charges above-average fees for using the rail network. At the same time, car traffic does not pay any infrastructure charges and continues to be massively subsidized, for example through tax breaks for diesel fuel. The fact that car traffic does not bear its own costs and burden society further is not sustainable.

For a break in rail, local public transport and new sharing services, we finally need a simpler ticket system. Mobile pass and Germany tariff for long-distance traffic are our solutions here.

Strengthen rail freight transport

Rail freight transport is undisputedly the mode of transport of choice for climate-friendly logistics. But there is no equal opportunity in the competition between modes of transport.

That is why we are reducing the climate-damaging subsidies that have so far given road freight traffic a competitive advantage. And by 2030 we will improve the connection options for goods transport by rail with 1,500 restored sidings, so that trucks no longer have to be used on long journeys.

Embed rail policy in the European transport transition