German railway announces plans to reopen 20 closed routes

BERLIN (AP) – Germany’s national rail operator on Tuesday announced plans to reopen 20 sections of railroad across the country that have been closed over the years, a move meant to help lift more people and goods on trains as the country steps up efforts to tackle climate change.

The sections that state-owned Deutsche Bahn plans to relaunch have a total length of 245 kilometers (152 miles). They were chosen after a team of experts assessed closed routes totaling approximately 1,300 kilometers (800 miles) for their potential viability.

The routes include several suburban lines in and around Berlin and Düsseldorf, as well as other local routes in various parts of the country and a cross-border connection from Breisach in the southwest corner of Germany to Colmar, France.

Jens Bergmann, board member of Deutsche Bahn’s DB Netz infrastructure division, said more roads will be relaunched in the coming years.

“Our goal is this: we want to gain more people for the railroad, to get more goods on the tracks,” he said in a statement. “Every kilometer of track is active climate protection. “

Planning and in some cases construction work is already underway on some routes. Their total length is only a small fraction of the total length of the German rail network of over 33,000 kilometers (20,500 miles).

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