Bahn.Ville – Phase 2



Along regional railway axes, there are strong interdependencies between the quality of transport development, regional usage development, and mobility behaviour. In addition to the interaction of transport offers, site development, and intelligently linked railway and other transport modes, attractively designed surroundings of train stations play a key role in sustainable mobility. User-specific information, consulting, and marketing regarding the offers also contribute significantly to sustainable mobility. This is a vital basis for the economic power, energy efficiency, and quality of life in our urban regions. The sectoral way of thinking and acting that is prevalent today must make way for a coordinated extensive urban design, infrastructure design, and mobility design that is tailored to its users, stakeholders and their needs and acceptance. Suitable methodological instruments and practice-oriented implementation procedures that are able to meet these challenges are so far lacking.

Aims of the project:

This is where project Bahn.Ville came into play. It focused on the interdependencies and planning and implementation processes in the following fields:

  • “Bahn” (train) – improving the railway transport offers at the urban and regional level
  • “Ville” – orienting settlement development towards the quality of the infrastructure development
  • “.” (station) – intermodal connections and location development at the train stations

In the first phase of project Bahn.Ville, which ran from December 2001 through March 2004, the project partners already worked out an extensive scientific basis of rail-based settlement development and transport connections in German and French regions. Phase 2, which was always planned for project Bahn.Ville, had the following objectives:

  • model implementation of innovative concepts for a rail-based settlement development and transport connections based on the results of Bahn.Ville 1 in order to check their practicality and develop them further
  • working out decision-making processes, strategies, methods, and processes for the communication of regional stakeholders, which help to successfully implement the concepts
  • learning from one another in a German-French cooperation and enabling comparisons and evaluations under different conditions
  • ensuring that the results of the project are transferrable and applicable to other regions in Germany, France, and Europe in general

Project contents and structure:

Project Bahn.Ville 2 was structured into four components: project management and cooperation, strategic framework, implementing the strategies and measures, and evaluation. This structure made sure that each conceptualised measure was scientifically sound, that the planning processes were evaluated thoroughly, and that the results were applicable to projects other than the case example Taunusbahn. Based on the experiences and findings of Bahn.Ville 1, the regional conditions of the Taunusbahn railway, and the priorities determined in the French part of the project, each of the components was allocated 10 work packages (WP). Of these 10 work packages, the ISB primarily focused on the packages WP02, WP05, WP08, WP09, and WP10.


Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)

Project duration:

January 2008 – June 2010

Project partners:

Institute of Urban and Transport Planning, RWTH Aachen University (ISB)

Integriertes Verkehrs- und Mobilitätsmanagement Region Frankfurt RheinMain GmbH (ivm)

Regional Authority FrankfurtRheinMain

Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund (RMV)

Chair of Urban Structure and Transport Planning, TU Munich (TUM) (project management)

Contacts at the ISB:

Dr.-Ing. Andreas Witte

Dipl.-Ing. Tobias Brandt

Dipl.-Ing. André Bruns

Reyhaneh Farrokhikhiavi M.A.

Kathrin Driessen M.A