The Berlin senate has decided to invest an additional budget of 28 billion euros in public transport over the course of the next 15 years
At the end of February 2019, a debate was held in the Berlin senate on the state of public transport in the city, at the end of which a plan was adopted for the next four years, and a decision to invest a budget of just under € 2 billion per year for the next 15 years.
The ruling coalition of the state guarantees transportation that is “cleaner, more attractive, more convenient and more reliable.”
For public transportation users in Berlin these are not solely good news due to the fact that travel costs are expected to rise. The Berlin Transport Company (BVG) expects to raise its revenues by 3 billion euros by 2035, which means that prices of all types of tickets will probably climb up.
The BVG said at this stage that they expect their revenues to increase an average of 3.4% per year. This figure is based on an estimate of a 1.8% increase in ticket prices and an additional 1.4% due to an increase in the number of users.
The changes that are expected to occur include innovations and improvements in the existing subway, tram and bus systems, as well as the addition of new services and lines.
Berlin’s subway is expected to expand significantly. The U5 line will be extended by 2020. In addition, BVG are soon expected announce the extension of the U7 line in the direction of West Berlin, the extension of the U8 line and two additional extensions to facilitate access to the city’s airports: to the new airport from Rudow on U7, and to Tegel from U6.
Berlin’s tram will be the center of reform, because the costs of adding electric railways are significantly lower than the construction of subway lines. Altogether, 16 new construction projects are planned on tram tracks.
Finally, the plan includes, inter alia, a promise to reduce the use of buses running on fossil fuels for the addition of buses running on electricity.