building blocks

We’re becoming more robust.

The building blockInfrastructure

Wendlingen — Ulm new construction line: The new Stuttgart — Ulm axis is part of the European high-speed rail network “Mainline for Europe,” which links cities and regions with a total of 34 million inhabitants and 16 million employees in five countries.


million train-path km through new construction and expansion


billion euros being invested in the new construction and expansion of the track infrastructure in 2020

More robust thanks to more train-paths: Since the German rail reform, rail transport has increased by more than 20%. Now we are pushing the limits of our capacity.

Therefore we are striving for growth by a total of about 350 million train-path km and thus create space for more than 30% more capacity on the rails.

A very important lever for this is the new construction and expansion of lines and hubs. The Federal Government is creating the overall strategy for the new building and expansion of the infrastructure in Germany.

The central planning instrument is the Federal Transport Plan (Bundesverkehrswegeplan; BVWP). The BVWP defines the framework for capital expenditures and prioritizes the various projects. DB Netz AG will take over the planning and implementation of the measures.

The building blockDigital
Rail for

Digital interlockings (Digitale Stellwerke; DSTW) will reduce the variety of technology and increase reliability and profitability. In Warnemünde, at the end of 2019, the second DSTW in Germany started operation. From 2020 onwards, the DSTW will also control long-distance trains for the first time.


million train-path km, through a more dense succession of trains, among other things


Phase 1 of the Digital Rail rollout begins

More robust thanks to technical innovations: Digital Rail for Germany enables a further increase in capacity, reduces congestion and creates the prerequisites for a high-performance railway.

The comprehensive rollout of the European Train Control System (ETCS) and digital interlockings, in conjunction with the Future Technologies of the digital rail operation, will ensure a higher density of traffic and reduce disruptions without the need to rebuild.

The building blockFleet and

We are expanding the ICE depot in Rummelsburg, investing about € 260 million. The expansion includes the extension of the factory hall, larger material warehouses and additional treatment and storage facilities for the trains. As a result, the capacity will increase significantly by about 30%.

+30 %

Increasing seat capacity of the long-distance transport fleet

More robust thanks to more trains: The capacity of our fleet is expanding by modernizing existing vehicles and investing in new ones.

In this way, we are expanding our long-distance fleet by about 25% to up to 600 trains and extending trains for higher seating capacity.

More robust through more capacity: We are expanding our maintenance capacity by expanding the capacity of our depots, including creating a whole new one.

In addition, we are increasing efficiency in our depots, among other things, through the use of sensors and 3D printing technology.

We’re becoming more powerful.

The building block15 employee
building blocks

In 2019, a total of 209 employees took part in the first wave of seven Expansion Workshops. The aim is to actively engage about 1,800 more employees in the development of the 15 employee building blocks in the next few years.


employees signed up for the first wave of expansion


Expansion Workshops took place in the first wave in 2019

More powerful through a joint approach: The Strong Rail strategy needs the people who know DB Group best. Therefore, 15 additional building blocks are specifically oriented towards our employees. We’re developing these together. Every DB employee is asked to, and can help to, develop solutions with knowledge, passion and team spirit, which all strengthen the strategy and lead the way to success.

This is how a building block becomes reality.

The 15 employee building blocks are created in a long-term participation process with several waves, in which we are constantly learning. All 200,000 DB employees in Germany were invited to register for the Expansion Workshops. In Expansion Workshops, employees from different departments and levels come together to develop concrete approaches and solutions for challenges, which will affect as many people as possible. The Management Board sits on the jury and ensures the implementation of the selected employee building blocks.

An Expansion Workshop lasts one and a half days. The participants gain a strong sense of togetherness with colleagues from different business units, levels and roles, as they all work together to strengthen the rail system.

The Management Board has committed itself to implement the employee building blocks.

In 2019, the first employee building block was chosen, Safe travel, and its implementation began in January 2020.

For 2020, our goal is to find two to three further employee building blocks to make the rail system stronger.

In 2020, in the second wave, we are pursuing a core ambition from the 2019 Expansion Workshops: Collective knowledge – how can we better share and use the valuable knowledge within DB Group? By June 2020, we intend to develop further employee building blocks around this multifaceted topic.

The building block Safe travel is about the safety of the employees. We want to use a holistic approach to also increase the feeling of safety for passengers.

We’re becoming more modern.

The building blockGermany
in sync

The first step on the way to Germany in sync: From December 2021 onwards, we intend to switch the ICE operation from its current hourly cycle to a 30-minute cycle between Berlin and Hamburg.


major German cities will be connected twice per hour in the future

>80 %

of the population in Germany will have access to the long-distance network through the connection of small and medium-sized towns

More modern thanks to a faster sequence: We want to achieve significant reductions in travel time across all of Germany.

For this purpose, we are creating new connections and more interchanges for almost all cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants. This will result in better connections to the longdistance network – at least every two hours.

We are improving connection mobility within the regions by adjusting the cycles and schedules of local and regional transport to better join up with long-distance transport.

The building blockNew forms
of mobility

Together with the transport company Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein GmbH and the Hamburger Verkehrsverbund (transport association), ioki has connected peripheral areas of Hamburg which have a high residential density, but still do not have strong local public transport connections. The innovative offer, which is integrated into the local tariff system, offers an everyday alternative to individual transport.


million customers per year – the number we aim to attract in the long term


customers have used our autonomous bus in Bad Birnbach so far

More modern through a stronger network: We are complementing our core product mobility on the rails with new and innovative forms of mobility.

Seamless and climatefriendly chains of mobility also increase the attractiveness of rail products.

In rural areas and suburbs, the focus is also on closing mobility loopholes and complementing the state-run offering.

The aim is to expand integrated transport concepts, including new forms of mobility.

...and even greener.

The building blockEnvironment
and 100% green

We want to become climate-neutral, above all by expanding ecopower, phasing out fossil fuels, increasing energy efficiency and introducing new mobility services.

≥–50 %

specific greenhouse gas emissions by 2030

100 %

of traction current will be obtained from renewable energies by 2038

We at Deutsche Bahn have committed ourselves to an ambitious target of being climate-neutral by 2050.

In order to achieve this target, we have set ourselves ambitious intermediate milestones: by 2030, we will more than halve our specific greenhouse gas emissions compared to 2006 and increase the share of renewable energies in the traction current mix to 80%. By 2038, we will fully switch traction current to 100% eco-power all of the time.

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