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The NRW-Takt represents the offer in the local rail passenger transport (SPNV) in North Rhine-Westphalia . The basis is an integral clock timetable (ITF), which is created by the company SMA and Partner , Zurich , on behalf of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and in coordination with the Special purpose associations , the authorities responsible for local rail transport, was developed.


Since the regionalization of the regional rail transport, in addition to the planning and design of the transport offer, the order of the respective lines has been part of the task of the nine North Rhine-Westphalian special purpose associations. In NRW there are currently transport contracts with different terms with all railway companies. Nine railway companies share operations on the local transport routes in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Timetable offer

Mass transit products

NRW has three types of train that are coordinated in terms of time and location for local rail transport


In 1998 , with the introduction of ITF 1 for regional rail transport in North Rhine-Westphalia, one of the largest timetable changes ever carried out in Germany took place. In addition to improvements in the regional rail transport offer, the changed offer in long-distance transport through the commissioning of the new Hanover-Berlin line had to be taken into account. The range of services was expanded by synchronizing the timetable, increasing the number of services and extending operating times by a total of 9%, an increase of 7 million train kilometers compared to 1997. This enabled travel shortening of over 5% in local rail transport to be achieved.

ITF 1 plus

In 1999 , supply gaps had to be eliminated due to the discontinuation of long-distance transport services in the interregional network. At the same time, ITF 1 was modified in various places. The offer was expanded by a further 3 million train kilometers or 4%.


In 2002 , the commissioning of the new Cologne-Frankfurt line resulted in a fundamental change in the timetable structure in North Rhine-Westphalia. The high-quality RE traffic had to be accelerated on some routes in order to be able to run without conflict with long-distance traffic. At the same time, the offer was supplemented by additional RB lines. In total, the regional rail transport was expanded by 11 million train kilometers.

Current offer (from 2005)

Local trains in North Rhine-Westphalia currently cover over 101 million kilometers per year. In addition to the construction of new routes, an increase in train kilometers will also be achieved through the efficient use of vehicles within the framework of the NRW cycle. The expansion of the operating times in the evening and on the weekend as well as the consolidation of the timetable ensure more connections and thus an overall improved offer.

With a 15% increase in supply between 1999 and 2004, demand could be increased to 30%. During the same period, the capacity utilization of the trains in NRW could be improved from 64.7 pkm per Zkm to 70.3 pkm per Zkm.

Infrastructure and quality

The quality of local public transport is largely determined by the use of modern and comfortable vehicles. However, quality and safety already begin at the access points, train stations and stops . Together with the railway companies, the standard desired by the passengers is being established in more and more places with the support of the state. In addition to the quality standards already specified in the transport contracts, the transport companies carry out improvements to increase quality on their own initiative.

Improvements can be made primarily through

  • Punctuality,
  • Passenger information and quality of information,
  • Service quality,
  • Cleanliness,
  • comfortable travel conditions,
  • intact vehicle and bus stop facilities,
  • safe transportation.

The nationwide uniform information number is a special service ( the smart number : 0 180 3/50 40 30).


Modern vehicles ensure more quality in NRW. RE and RB trains travel at speeds of up to 160 km / h on various routes, making them an attractive alternative to cars. When it comes to comfort, air conditioning is now standard in new vehicles.

The following vehicles are mainly used in regional rail transport in NRW:

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