Germany has decided to transfer as many people as possible from polluting cars onto trains, and the first steps have already been taken for this.
Deutsche Bahn, the national rail operator, plans to significantly expand its regular rail network, according to the Associated Press. To increase rail capacity, the authorities will open twenty sections that have been out of service for many years. New routes include from Breisach, located in the southwest of the country, to Colmar (France), commuter lines to Düsseldorf and Berlin, and several other local destinations.
Jens Bergmann, a member of the board of directors of the infrastructure division of Deutsche Bahn, says:
“We want to draw people’s attention to the railroad and deliver more goods on the rails. Every kilometer of the route is an active climate protection ”.
Experts have already estimated 1.3 thousand kilometers of routes, sections of which they want to revive. In total, 245 km of railway tracks will be opened, and the total length of the railway network in Germany exceeds 33 thousand kilometers.
In June, Deutsche Bahn representatives shared plans to switch all railway transport in Germany to renewable energy sources. From 2038, trains will run on energy from solar and wind power plants, as well as on biomass fuels.