Buses, rail and tram services, cycling and walking are all a good alternative to travelling by car. And they are the best way to improve air quality in Berlin. This is why strengthening public transport, cycling and walking, i.e. ecomobility, makes an important contribution to protecting the health of the people of Berlin.
Germany’s first Mobility Act, which was passed by Berlin’s city parliament in June 2018, lays the foundation for this and has the stated aim of making it possible for everyone to move around the city in a way that is both safe and climate-friendly. For this reason, ecomobility (bus, rail, tram, cycling and walking) is being systematically strengthened. To achieve this, the city is planning new tram routes, extending the U5 and building a new and safer infrastructure for cyclists.
And that’s not all. Electric buses ensure that there are fewer emissions and better air quality, so the BVG (Berlin’s transport corporation) is investing large sums in this new technology (BVG: Projekt E-Bus Berlin (in German)). E-buses will gradually replace diesel buses and will provide clean and quiet transport across the city. Currently, there are just a few e-buses in service, but a further 30 will follow from Spring 2019. Every year, more will be added until 2030, from which time all buses in Berlin will be powered by clean energy, i.e. wind energy, solar power, hydroelectric power.
Diesel buses that are already in service will be retro-fitted or replaced by more modern buses (euro 6 norm). In 2018, around 50 double-decker buses and 75 bendy buses were modernised with so-called SCR catalytic converters.
The city’s efforts to strengthen ecomobility are intended to motivate more people to dispense with a car. Fewer cars on the road means lower emissions and healthier and cleaner air for everyone in Berlin.