We are building for the railway of the future

Germany needs a
high-performance infrastructure

A modern infrastructure is the basis for economic growth. A modern infrastructure is also the foundation for attractive and efficient rail transport. This is the only way to convince more people to switch to the most climate-friendly motorized means of transport and to shift more goods to rail. And only in this way can the implementation of transport policy objectives be successful. Together with the Federal Government, we are therefore working to give Germany the modern rail infrastructure it needs. This requires comprehensive renovation, modernization and digitalization, as well as targeted expansion and new construction.

Our path to a high-performance network

New maintenance concept

We are changing our construction and maintenance concept in order to reduce operational impact during the renovation and modernization of our infrastructure, thus stabilizing punctuality and reliability.

General modernizations

Our new modernization concept begins in 2024 and we will renew highly utilized lines and stations, which are of central importance for reliability and future transport growth.

Stations of the future and service facilities

We are increasing the attractiveness of rail transport by targeted development and making access easier for people and goods.


We are digitalizing rail operations with AIsupported rail network utilization and by expanding digital rail in Germany and digitally upgrading and refitting vehicle fleets.

Our goal is a sustainable shift in the mode of transport

With our Strong Rail strategy, we are pursuing the goal of bringing more traffic to rail – for the climate, for the people, for the economy and for Europe. We are consistently implementing this ambitious growth strategy in line with the Federal Government’s transport and climate policy objectives. In doing so, we are supporting the necessary climate policy transformation in Germany.

Together with the Federal Government, we are setting the course for a shift in the mode of transport and improving product quality, creating additional capacity and thus improving customer satisfaction.

share of renewable energies in the DB traction current mix in 2023
lower CO₂ emissions compared to road freight transport
~0 Mio.
fewer truck journeys per year on German roads

The rail network is overloaded

Since the German rail reform in 1994, volume produced has increased by 28%, while the rail network has shrunk by 17% (based on length of line operated in kilometers). Disruptions and construction works occur and punctuality suffers enormously. This applies in particular to the highly utilized network, currently covering about 4,000 line kilometers. The condition of the rail infrastructure is therefore currently not fulfilling our customers’ requirements in terms of quality and capacity. The highly utilized network is now set to develop into an anchor of stability by 2030, through general modernization. The rail network and stations must be urgently modernized and quality improved.

In the past, funds for the rail network, service facilities and stations have not been sufficient to achieve a high level of performance and quality as traffic volume has increased. Together with the Federal Government, we will now be significantly increasing the funds for renewal and maintenance.

trains every day on the network
Condition grade high-performance network
of the future highperformance network to be modernized by 2030

Our goal: from a highly utilized
network to a high-performance

In 2023, the Federal Government and DB Group laid down the largest and most comprehensive infrastructure program for the rail network and stations since the 1994 German rail reform, with the aim of making rail transport sustainably more punctual, reliable and efficient, and offering customers a better experience and predictability in passenger and freight transport. The central lever is the general modernization of about 40 corridors in the highly utilized network. This will involve the complete modernization of a corridor – from the extended platform to the superstructure to the digital signaling system. We are laying the foundation for this concept with the 70 km Riedbahn and the 20 stations between Frankfurt am Main and Mannheim. Further maintenance on other sections will build up a high-performance network that stretches over 9,000 km by 2030.

First corridor
(implementation in 2024)

The Riedbahn is one of the most used routes in Germany. Up to 300 trains run on the line every day.

Condition grade high-performance network in 2030
Scope of the highperformance network in track kilometers in 2030

More attractive offers for
the mobility transition

Convenient travel throughout Germany with the Germany-Ticket

Since May 1, 2023, customers have been able to use the Germany-Ticket with all local and regional transport associations in Germany at a price of € 49 per month. An initial interim assessment, after eight months of the Germany-Ticket in 2023, shows high acceptance among customers and noticeable gains in passenger numbers.

The advantages of the Germany-Ticket:
  • Unlimited travel for only € 49 per month.
  • Valid throughout Germany on all means of local public transport.
  • Subscription service (automatic renewal) and can be canceled monthly
  • Available online, in the app and at DB Travel Centers.
0 million
users had a Germany-Ticket at the end of 2023

Innovative ideas for the local transport of the future

In order to make local transport attractive for the future, together with our partners in the Federal states and municipalities, we plan to invest about € 12 billion in new and modernized trains and buses by 2030. From 2028, for example, the Munich S-Bahn (metro) will receive 90 new XXL vehicles. Together with partners, we are also developing new, innovative interior design concepts as part of our Ideas Train (Ideenzug) innovation platform.

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new vehicles, creating a state-of-the-art S-Bahn (metro) fleet
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Improved comfort for a
better travel experience

The first ICE 3neo with our new interior design went into operation at the end of 2023. It offers numerous innovations for improved comfort and features new seats, functions, materials and colors. By 2028, more than 70 additional ICE 3neo trains will follow, featuring the new interior design.

New appearance

We’re creating a new harmonious design, with modern materials such as wooden decor, and seat covers made from high-quality fabric with 85% wool in subtle colors.

New functionality

Elements such as an integrated tablet holder, coat hooks in every backrest and power sockets at every seat make travel even more convenient. Window panes that allow mobile signals to pass through ensure a stable connection.

New seats

The completely new developed seats are designed as a personal retreat, offering better adjustment options and therefore even more comfort.

Digital innovations for a
more attractive rail transport

Digitalization and technology are the key to the success of Strong Rail, as they provide increased capacity, efficiency and quality in rail transport. We are focusing on digital rail operations because it makes us more robust, thanks in part to automated timetables and scheduling. Digital maintenance also increases our effectiveness, for example, with predictive maintenance planning.

Use of AI for more punctual trains

An in-house AI-based program currently in pilot operation is helping dispatchers at the control centers of the S-Bahn (metro) in Stuttgart, Rhine-Main and Munich to manage traffic more efficiently, especially in the event of a disruption, and to prevent or reduce delays. In 2024, the system will also be rolled out on other S-Bahn (metro) lines.

In 2023, we were able to use intelligent capacity management to avoid over
minutes of delays

Digital support from Spot the robot dog

Spot the robot dog goes up stairs, climbs into maintenance pits and safely runs over difficult terrain. This allows it to relieve our employees of physically strenuous work, such as long walking distances or elaborate pit work under trains. In 2023, Spot was used for the first time at a DB Cargo maintenance depot to independently identify freight cars and to inspect wheel set shafts.

Digital maintenance gets trains back on track faster

Digital tools save up to 20 hours of routine maintenance work per S-Bahn (metro) facility every day.

Currently in use in DB Group:

wheel set
camera portals

Proactively combating the
shortage of skilled labor

About 28,200 external new hires in 2023 (excluding young talents)

DB Group continues to position itself as an attractive employer in a competitive labor market. In 2023, we brought many new employees on board to improve operational quality and for the general modernization of the infrastructure. This is an important building block on the path to a shift in the mode of transport. Numerous employees for construction projects, maintenance and service on trains as well as train drivers, bus drivers and IT specialists are now strengthening the DB team.

The employees of the future – our young talents

We place particular emphasis on the employees of the future – our young talents. To this end, we significantly expanded our partnerships with schools once again in 2023. Our new job compass provides additional guidance on our training opportunities. As a result, we achieved a record number of new hires of young talents in 2023: 5,700.

young talents began their training with us in 2023
In Germany we provide training
for about
In addition, we
also provide
training for
dual degree programs

More climate protection for
a future worth living

Every train ride counts and actively protects the climate. No other motorized means of transport today is as climatefriendly and efficient as the rail system in terms of its use of space. Our customers at DB Long-Distance have been traveling with 100% eco-power since 2018.

A new record high in volume sold of over 45 billion passenger kilometers was set at DB Long-Distance in 2023. This saved about 7.5 million tons of CO₂e compared to journeys by car. This once again shows that a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in the transport sector can only be achieved by a massive shift in the mode of transport to climate-friendly rail transport. Only rail transport has been able to continuously reduce CO₂ emissions since 1990. We want to be climate-neutral by 2040, thereby making an important contribution to achieving the climate protection targets of the Federal Government and the EU.

million tons of CO₂e were saved by DB Long-Distance compared to car journeys in 2023

"Together with the Federal Government, we are renewingand modernizing the infrastructure with a program that is unprecedented in DB history. There is no alternative to tackling the backlog of modernization. If all partners in the construction and rail industry work together with us, this effort will succeed."

Dr. Richard Lutz
CEO and Chairman of the Management Board of Deutsche Bahn AG

We get down to work.
For a better railway.

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