Deutsche Bahn and Hamburg agree ”smart city” partnership

The Memorandum of Understanding, signed by Deutsche Bahn and the city of Hamburg,  seals integrated mobility projects such as attractive railway stations, intelligent urban logistics and a digital network as part of a three-year “smart city” partnership.

The plans also foresee a feasibility study on gradually automating part of Hamburg’s fast-train or S-Bahn network.

Deutsche Bahn is also supporting Hamburg’s application to host the 2021 Intelligent Transport Systems as reflected by measures to improve quality at the city’s long-distance railway stations.

“Together with Hamburg, we are further developing mobility and logistics. Our networked rail and road offers will ensure simpler, comfortable, more affordable and environment-friendly transport solutions which will make the Hamburg Metropolitan Region a pioneer of smart city developments.”, Richard Lutz, CEO of Deutsche Bahn, said.

DB is also planning to turn unused spaces into city depots to dispatch parcels on bicycles, setting up an extensive network of “intelligent lockers” at up to 50 Hamburger Hochbahn AG stations to allow customers to collect goods ordered online.

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