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Berlin Will Spend €2 Billion Per Year to Improve Public Transit

The German capital plans to make major investments to expand bus and rail networks, boost frequency, and get ahead of population growth. Are you jealous yet?
Commuters wait for the S Bahn at Berlin's Ostkreuz Station, which could be in line for an additional subway link.
Commuters wait for the S Bahn at Berlin's Ostkreuz Station, which could be in line for an additional subway link.Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

When it comes to public transit, you can’t accuse Berlin of holding back on cash.

This week, the city announced its transit masterplan for 2019 to 2023 (with a period of focus that actually extends to 2035), and a major overhaul of the city’s transit networks is in the cards. The funds allocated are generous, to say the least: Berlin is committing a remarkable €28.1 billion, or just under $32 billion, to transportation projects.