According to Deutsche Bahn, EUs' goal of shifting millions of passengers to rail in order to reduce transport emissions, means the continent’s high-speed track network expansion from 11,000 kilometers today to 32,000 kilometers by 2050.
A metropolitan network to connect all of the EU’s 230 metropolitan regions and large cities to regular high speed passenger trains, aims to triple high speed rail traffic. Ca. 60% of Europeans live in these metropolitan regions. This expansion will help achieving the EU’s goal of reducing transport-related carbon emissions by 90% by 2050. Germany, Poland, Romania, France and Spain would see the largest expansion of high-speed rail, with Germany’s high speed track length almost tripling to over 6000km if the proposal is implemented.