German rail operator Deutsche Bahn has launched the biggest rail network and service revamp in two decades, with tens of billions of euros now being spent on overhauling its operations.
The aim of the large-scale modernization program is to offer travelers more punctuality and be profitable amid fresh competition from a demonopolized bus service industry in Europe's power house. This page collates recent DW content on the topic.
Despite the pandemic, Deutsche Bahn is expecting a surge in holiday travelers — and beefing up its fleet to cope. The German rail company also plans to only reserve 60% of train seats and carry out regular mask checks.
In Germany it's the law to wear a mask on public transport. Deutsche Bahn, the government-owned train operator, has said it will work more closely with the police, while lawmakers have called for fines to be introduced.
Empty trains are a common sight in Germany just now, but national rail operator Deutsche Bahn says it will keep its passenger services running. Its freight trains are delivering much-needed products like toilet paper.
Germany and Sweden have seen a drop in air passengers, partly as a result of flight shaming. Fliers are moving onto Europe's creaking rail networks, which will likely mean more delays, crowds and cancellations for all.