In light of the many reports about Deutsche Bahn resulting from the recent strikes, now is perhaps a good time to take an overall look at what is the most environmentally friendly form of transport. In theory, up to 80,000 passengers can travel on Germany’s rail system every hour in each direction with a freight train departing somewhere every five minutes. Despite this, the railway’s market share remains shockingly low – just eight percent of passenger kilometers and 17 percent of ton-kilometers for freight transport. Why is this and what needs to happen to change the situation?
Rail expert Professor Dr.-Ing. Markus Hecht discusses these issues in a major interview for TU Berlin. Throughout his 24 years as head of the Chair of Rail Vehicles at TU Berlin’s Institute of Land and Sea Transport Systems, he has witnessed the many highs and lows of German rail transport.Professor Hecht would also be happy to discuss any of the topics discussed in the interview with members of the press and media. The main topics covered include:
The interview is available here.