Germany’s integrated networks of long-distance and regional trains, as well as trams and buses, are backbones of urban mobility. A well-established system of institutions, regulations and funding provide a reliable structure for one of the world’s best public transport systems.

  • Capgemini Engineering is a global company operating primarily in high technology and innovation consultancy and has a staff of over 24,000 employees in more than 20 countries and a turnover of EUR 1.756 bn in 2014. Capgemini Innovation Makers have been providing their expertise for over thirty years to key players in the Aerospace, Automotive, Energy, Finance, Life Sciences, Railway, and Telecoms sectors, among others. Covering every stage of project development from strategic planning to manufacturing, Capgemini Engineering solutions capitalize on the Group’s technological know-how in five key areas: Innovative Product Development, Intelligent Systems, Lifecycle Experience, Mechanical Engineering, and Information Systems. Based in Frankfurt am Main, the Capgemini Engineering Germany has a staff of 3,000 employees.

    Capgemini Engineering

  • eos.uptrade provides software solutions for online and mobile sales and ticketing for public transport and travel companies with special focus on public transport sector. The eos.uptrade company was formed in 2004 from EOS Media and Uptrade Services, both active on the market as internet agencies since 1997 and 2000 respectively.

  • The European Electrical Bus Company is a specialist for e-mobility applications in urban cities. We provide technical and economical solutions in different segments.

    EEBC combines three major parts for successful eBus system realization without friction losses: Planning, project management (PM) and financing. Building on long term contracting including all operational and infrastructural cost, EEBC follows the same interest as the operator to fulfil transport needs at an excellent cost-performance ratio or can operate the public transportation by himself.

  • Frost & Sullivan is a growth partnership company focused on helping our clients achieve transformational growth. Our global research and consulting organization is uniquely positioned to not only identify growth opportunities but also to empower and inspire our clients to create visionary growth strategies for their future, enabled by our extraordinary depth and breadth of thought leadership, research, tools, expertise that assist our clients by making their goals into a reality. Our understanding of the interplay among industry convergence, mega trends, technologies and market trends provides our clients with new business models and growth opportunities. We pioneer thought-leadership across every industry we cover, by identifying the “Next Big Things”.

    Frost & Sullivan

  • As a globally established provider of intelligent transportation systems (ITS), Kapsch TrafficCom makes an important contribution to greater safety and efficiency in road traffic.

    The portfolio includes solutions for toll collection, city access control and parking space management, traffic management, traffic monitoring, commercial vehicle monitoring, electronic vehicle registration and V2X cooperative systems. The solutions of Kapsch TrafficCom help finance traffic infrastructure, improve traffic safety, optimize traffic flows and reduce traffic-related environmental impacts.

    The current core business lies in the development, installation and operation of electronic toll and traffic management systems. Our end-to-end solutions cover the entire value creation chain of our customers, from components and subsystems for their integration all the way to regular operation, all from a single source.


    Kapsch TrafficCom AG

  • LEITNER ropeways is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of cable car systems. It offers high-tech solutions, innovative design, top quality, and functionality, thus paving the way for convenient and environmentally friendly passenger transport. LEITNER ropeways’ product range includes detachable gondola and chairlifts as well as aerial tramways, funicular ropeways, material ropeways, inclined elevators, and fixed-grip ski lifts. LEITNER ropeways provides technological excellence worldwide in all kinds of areas of application, ranging from winter sports through to urban passenger transport.

  • Local Motors designs, builds and sells vehicles. For designing Local Motors works with co-creation, its online community has more than 53.000 members. Building the vehicles takes place in local Microfactories using methods like DDM. These processes enable Local Motors to do innovations 5 times faster to a fraction of the costs, compared to traditional vehicle companies. Current products are e.g. an autonomous minibuses system and cargo drones.

  • Masabi is the global leader in transit mobile ticketing and payments. The company’s award-winning JustRide platform is a cloud-based, deployment-proven, end-to-end mobile ticketing and fare collection system. It consists of services for ticket purchase, display and inspection, together with back-end infrastructure for secure payments, ticket management, customer service, reporting and real-time analytics. Masabi’s technology signals the end of ticket lines, lost tickets and fumbling for cash by allowing passengers to quickly and securely buy and display tickets on their mobile phones.

  • MVMANT is an urban mobility on-demand platform that solves the traffic congestion problem. MVMANT allows the deployment of a fleet of vehicles circulating on fixed routes (like a bus) with a service on request (like a taxi). The dispatching of vehicles is managed by predictive algorithms, advanced machine learning techniques and by requests generated through the dedicated app. This allows to dispatch the vehicles when and were needed and match the mobility needs of citizens in the most efficient way.

  • For our clients, we plan and optimise in all transport systems. As a member of PTV Group, we are familiar with high methodical standards. Committed to customer benefits we develop innovative and comprehensive solutions. Our teams provide a wide range of skills and expertise. Our projects are characterised by integrated, interdisciplinary and holistic approaches. This provides high value, sustainability and enduring solutions.

    For more information, see the interview of Peter Mott, Director Business Development at PTV .

    PTV Transport Consult GmbH

  • The Regionalverkehr Köln GmbH (RVK) is a regional transport operator. The RVK has the capacity, the knowledge and the mandatory objective to move people in the Rhineland on the highest technical level. Together with its owners and contracting authorities, the RVK is working continuously on the implementation of attractive, environmentally friendly and sustainable local transport services in the region. Until 2030 the RVK aims to replace its entire bus fleet by vehicles with environmentally friendly propulsion.

    Regionalverkehr Köln GmbH

  • SMARTLANE opens up new possibilities for mobility and logistics providers as well as businesses where the mobility of their staff and customers are of crucial importance. SMARTLANE's Mobility Intelligence platform gives customers a simple way to keep an eye on the mobility indicators of their business using easy to understand graphics and reports. We do this by applying cutting edge technology that can process large amounts of data extremely quickly. The data organizations already have is exploited and augmented with useful external sources that can help reveal the full picture.

  • SOTI is the world's most trusted provider of Enterprise Mobility Management solutions (EMM), with over 15,000 enterprise customers and millions of devices managed worldwide. SOTI's flagship product, MobiControl, allows enterprises to enable, optimize and secure their mobile workforce across all platforms to support corporate-liable and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies. SOTI extends secure mobility management beyond basic EMM to provide a total solution for comprehensive management and security of mobile devices deployed in an organization.

  • Transportation is one of the key aspect of urban environment. Moving to the smart city model is the only way to optimize the activities of the active citizens and save time, money, and reduce pollution. Major pillar in the smart city concept is the transportation. Especially traffic optimization and public transport. Telelink adresses all those issues delivering full set of systems and an unified software platform, enabling conglomerates to migrate and evolve into smart cities.

    Telelink Group

  • Wunder is the leading urban carpooling platform. Through our mobile app we are connecting people to simplify their daily commute by sharing rides to work and back home. Wunder is focusing on large cities in emerging markets to help ease congestion where public transportation alternatives reach their limits. The company is based in Hamburg, Germany, and backed by investors from Silicon Valley.

  • civity Management Consultants is one of the leading consultancy firms for public services in Europe. We enable our clients in the transport, utilities and waste management sectors to make forward-looking, effective improvements to their organization. With changes, cost pressure and transparency, we believe there has never been a greater need in the public sector for efficient, intelligent strategies than today. This is why we founded civity – the consultancy for first-rate management of public services. For financially viable solutions that will decisively advance and enthuse our clients and their staff. And for achievable ideas with which we can further improve the high quality of life in our towns and cities.

    civity Management Consultants

  • CONSTELLATIONS is an agency based in Shanghai and Berlin creating and facilitating meaningful interactions to enable better learning, leading and collaborating for sustainable futures. It specialises in designing and implementing international and multi stakeholder collaboration projects in the field of urbanization, sustainability and social engagement. In particular, CONSTELLATIONS works together with corporates and public institutions alike on issues such mobility of the future and sustainable transportation between Germany/Europe and China.

    CONSTELLATIONS International

  • Frost & Sullivan is a growth partnership company focused on helping our clients achieve transformational growth. Our global research and consulting organization is uniquely positioned to not only identify growth opportunities but also to empower and inspire our clients to create visionary growth strategies for their future, enabled by our extraordinary depth and breadth of thought leadership, research, tools, expertise that assist our clients by making their goals into a reality. Our understanding of the interplay among industry convergence, mega trends, technologies and market trends provides our clients with new business models and growth opportunities. We pioneer thought-leadership across every industry we cover, by identifying the “Next Big Things”.

    Frost & Sullivan

  • Green Business Development GmbH is a consultancy focused on growth and innovation with outstanding experience at the point where start-ups and corporates meet. New mobility is one of the core competencies of GBD. We carry out research and advise on innovative mobility concepts. We develop and implement new business models for corporates and public transport agencies. Furthermore, we are constantly screening the international new mobility start-up scene to obtain an overview of the best solutions on the market. We believe that cooperation’s between start-ups, corporates and public transport agencies will be the crucial factor to create and maintain a powerful new mobility growth market in Germany.

    Green Business Development has more than 10 years of experience in the green economy and is one of the best networked agencies in this matter.

  • innos - Sperlich GmbH, specialized in the target field of “New Technologies and New Markets” since 1992, is the recognized management partner in the new technology field for business, large-scale research and the political establishment. The basis of our success is our long-standing experience in management and project work in diverse issues inherent in technology-oriented development projects. Our focus is on pilot projects dealing with innovation and developments in sustainable business fields such as lightweight construction, electro mobility, energy storage system and many other fields.

    Innos – Sperlich Company GmbH

  • myclimate is a partner for effective climate protection – both locally and globally. The Swiss Non-Profit Organisation wants to shape the future together with its partners through consultation, education and climate protection projects. myclimate pursues this as a science-based and business-orientated non-profit organisation. With projects of the highest quality, myclimate promotes quantifiable climate protection and long-lasting development worldwide. Through these projects, emissions are reduced by replacing fossil fuel sources with renewable energies and by implementing energy-efficient technologies. With our interactive and action-oriented educational programmes, myclimate encourages everyone to make a contribution towards our future. Moreover the foundation offers consultancy on integrated climate protection with tangible added value. myclimate provides this through analyses, IT solutions, labels and resource management. Services range from simple carbon footprints for businesses to sophisticated product life cycle assessments (LCA).

  • PB CONSULT designs urban mobility with the highest levels of elaboration, innovation and sustainability.

    By combining expertise in the fields of engineering, economy, city planning, geography and marketing, our team uses all its knowledge and skills to provide comprehensive services in all traffic-related areas.

    PB CONSULT offers best-in-class expertise in all fields of competence that are relevant for the creation of urban mobility solutions:


  • PLANUNGSBUERO RICHTER-RICHARD was founded in 1978. Since then PRR has dealt successfully with questions at the intersection between urban, traffic and environmental planning (I.E. NOISE ACTION PLANS).

    PRR handles tasks at the intersection between town • traffic/ transport • environment in the context of planning • research • consultation with special focus on noise abatement and climate protection. To find solutions for complex tasks our approach is holistic and resilient. We work in an interdisciplinary team of town planners, traffic engineers and geographers.


  • REN MOBILITY is a multi-discipline, award-winning, advanced mobility design consultancy with a focus on the broader cultural, social and user-centered perspectives of future mobility. Our aim is to develop innovative solutions and partnerships at the interface of mobility, technology, design and urban sustainability. We combine cutting-edge technologies with advanced vehicle design architectures and systems optimised for highly integrated, connected, multi-modal urban systems and environments. Our collaborative agile approaches enable us to support organisations and enterprises through harnessing user-centered design to create innovative urban mobility products and services.


  • Creating the mobility of tomorrow: rms GmbH (Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund Servicegesellschaft mbH) provides carefully thought-out solutions in all areas of transport, especially public transport. We have planned, consulted and provided services in over 3,000 national and international projects. Together with our customers, we meet the current and future challenges of public transport across the following subject areas: Information and Sales Systems, Organisational Consulting and IT Solutions, Data Management, Mobile Services, Transport and Market Research, Quality Management, Customer Support and Editorial Department.

  • Rupprecht Consult - Forschung & Beratung GmbH is a fully independent private research and consultancy company, based in Cologne since 1996. Our mission is to contribute to sustainable development of cities and regions in Europe and worldwide. We are a committed team of internationally experienced consultants delivering quality services in the fields of urban and regional development, transport and mobility, environmental protection, information technologies and, generally, innovation to society.


    SUMP Guidelines - Developing and Implementing a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (english version).

  • The is a German institute that does research on the development of smart cities and which is located in Ludwigsburg, Stuttgart, and Cologne.

    Besides our research activities in the fields of mobility, energy, city development, digitisation and resilience, we consult cities and industrial enterprises regarding their path to the future. We assist them in their business development – and in designing customer–focused – products and services for an urban context.

    We build intersectoral networks and contribute to the interdisciplinary and cross–industrial collaboration.

    We do that because we understand this kind of exchange as the key for interoperability and therefore for smart city solutions!

  • Our mission is to develop sustainable solutions for the transport sector at local, regional, national andinternational scale for industrialised as well as for developing countries.

    Globalisation and economic growth entail increasing transport demands. An important challenge is to satisfy the mobility needs of society and the economy without overburdening the environment, public finances and the population.

    In order to achieve this, TCP International aims to increase the effectiveness, safety and efficiency of transport systems by developing innovative strategies and creative, tailor-made solutions.

    In a complex world, TCP International is your independent transport advisor, providing clear, feasible and practical solutions. We strive to realise your goals timely and in efficient manner.

    TCP International Transport Consulting Partners

  • team red was founded in 2002 and working on innovation topics in mobility, transportation and tourism ever since. Offering a broad spectrum of knowledge for transportation, ranging from traditional planning to communication expertise and information technology. This promising intermodal und interdisciplinary topic guarantees a broad spectrum for international know-how exchange.

  • VCDB VerkehrsConsult Dresden-Berlin GmbH is a regional, national and international operating consulting and planning company which provides its clients with objective and independent consultancy services and sustainable solutions concerning all aspects of public transport. Hereby, VCDB’s comprehensive range of expertise and operational know-how is the basis for practical-oriented and forward-looking results in the following fields of business:

    -Rail Vehicle Technology
    -Transport Planning/Transport Engineering
    -Traffic Telematics
    -Infrastructure Planning
    -Electric Mobility
    -Assistance in Operation

  • Ingenieurbüro Dipl.-Ing. H. Vössing GmbH was founded in 1980 and is now one of the leading consulting companies in the fields of construction and traffic systems. As part of the Vössing Holding, the company has access to a team of 550 experts around the world. The company offers design and consultancy services in Germany and various other European and Asian countries. As well as the headquarter in Düsseldorf, Vössing has offices in another 13 cities in Germany and 5 countries worldwide. The company provides a comprehensive range of services, including complex infrastructure projects from the idea to design stage via the preparation of expert reports to monitoring and control. The range of working areas covers engineering services around mobility in the areas of railways, underground and urban railways, roads, airports and harbours, further also urban planning and civil and hydraulic engineering. Ingenieurbüro Vössing is able to provide services as a general planner across all technical fields, as well as a specialist for individual areas, as requested by the client. Specially developed software enables us to react and adapt flexibly to clients’ wishes and project requirements as they arise. Sticking to budgets and deadlines while at the same time ensuring quality requirements forms the basis for the companies work. Since 2000, the company has been certified in accordance with standard ISO 9001.

    Vössing Ingenieure

  • WTM is one of the ten largest German providers of engineering services in the building sector. With 80 years of experience WTM has planned over 12,000 national and international construction projects. With offices in Hamburg, Berlin and Munich, the company operates nationwide and internationally on pioneering projects. The range of services includes consulting, planning, monitoring and plan checking in the fields of civil engineering, hydraulic engineering, industrial and commercial construction, structural engineering, building services, offshore wind farms, renewable energy as well as research and development.

  • The Wuppertal Institute undertakes research and develops models, strategies and instruments for transitions to a sustainable development at local, national and international level. Sustainability research at the Wuppertal Institute focuses on the resources, climate and energy related challenges and their relation to economy and society. Special emphasis is put on analysing and stimulating innovations that decouple economic growth and wealth from natural resource use.

    Wuppertal Institut

academia, networks and institutions
  • Since its founding in 1990, Climate Alliance has been mobilising European municipalities in partnership with indigenous rainforest peoples for the benefit of the global climate. Its some 1,700 member municipalities spread across 25 European countries have committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions locally as well as to promoting climate justice via the protection of indigenous territories in the rainforests of Amazonia. Climate Alliance supports its members in their activities in numerous ways, running awareness raising campaigns on topics such as sustainable mobility and consumption in addition to developing CO2 monitoring instruments, project work and political campaigning.

  • DLR is the national research centre of the Federal Republic of Germany on aeronautics and space, transport and energy. In our research on transport at the DLR, we analyse how traffic is generated, how transport is developing, what impact on the environment this has, and how negative effects can be minimized. This involves studying peoples’ mobility behaviour and examining traffic reduction and modal shift. Further research topics include national and international trends in mobility and new technologies for coming generations of cars, commercial vehicles, and trains. Our work on traffic management ranges from the optimization of individual modes to an examination of all transport modes, including walking and cycling, to foster an intermodal, integrated transport chain. In the light of global urbanization, the DLR also researches new mobility and logistics services in cities. The Clearing House of Transport Data at DLR makes available large scale survey data to the national and international community.

    Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)

  • eMO is the central contact for electromobility in Germany’s capital region and coordinates the “Berlin-Brandenburg International Showcase for Electromobility”, which is being supported by the federal government and the states of Berlin and Brandenburg. With more than 100 partners, this showcase is putting around 30 projects into practice. eMO works also on international level in terms of best-practise exchange with other cities; development of cross-national projects, promotion of sustainable mobility concepts and mobility solutions made in Berlin-Brandenburg. eMO is an agency of the State of Berlin.

    eMO Berlin Agency for Electromobility

  • FH Erfurt - University of Applied Sciences represented by its Department for Transport has a distinctive profile in education and research combing economics, logistics, and technologies of all transportation modes. Interested Students may select between various well-established programmes for obtaining Bachelor (B. Eng.) or Master (M.Eng. / M.Sc.) degrees.

    FH Erfurt - Department for Transport

  • How will people live and work in the future? Asking this and similar questions, researchers at Fraunhofer IAO apply their findings in practice to achieve concrete results. Our experts shape the interaction between humans, technology and organization with a view to the whole, keeping each customer’s specific needs in mind.

    Fraunhofer IAO understands cities as complex and holistic systems. Urban processes are becoming increasingly connected and tightly interwoven – not least due to digitization. Together with forward-looking stakeholders, Fraunhofer IAO develops system innovations that range from city-wide transformation processes and new home and work concepts to solutions that address mobility, urban governance and demographic change.

  • Raumkom is at the forefront of exploring the intersection between spatial planning and communications. We are driven by the idea that decisions regarding systems and environments that affect people’s daily lives must be both sustainable and comprehensible. Therefore we do planning with the same care as we have when creating media and moderating the exchange of ideas.

    The company’s two leading experts – Dr. Christian Muschwitz and Prof. Dr. Heiner Monheim – work daily to create synergy between science, planning and politics. Having previously worked in leading positions in government, and continuing to give lectures in academia, they are intimately familiar with the inner workings of both the federal government and the private sector.

    raumkom – Institut für Raumentwicklung und Kommunikation

  • The TU Dresden is one of eleven German universities that were identified as an “excellence university”. TUD has about 37.000 students, 4.400 publicly funded staff members – among them over 500 professors – and approximately 3.500 externally funded staff members, and, thus, is the largest university in Saxony today.
    Having been committed to sciences and the engineering before the reunification of Germany, TU Dresden now is a multi-discipline university, also offering humanities and social sciences as well as medicine.

    Technische Universität Dresden

  • The UBA’s motto, For our environment (“Für Mensch und Umwelt”) sums up our mission pretty well, we feel. As Germany’s main environmental protection agency, our task is to ensure that our fellow citizens have a healthy environment where they are protected against air, water and other pollutants to the greatest extent possible. Here at the UBA, we concern ourselves with an extremely broad spectrum of issues, including waste avoidance, climate protection, and pesticide approvals.

  • Verkehrsclub Deutschland (VCD) is an association for sustainable mobility. It was founded in 1986 and has about 55.000 members and supporters. VCD offers information on sustainable means of transportation, initiates projects and lobbies for sustainable mobility.

    VCD stands up for more public transport, more cycling, more walking and better traffic safety. That means:

    -more buses and trains, better service in public transport
    -better conditions for cycling and walking
    -climate and environmental protection
    -reduction of air pollution

  • About 600 companies performing public passenger transport and rail freight transport in Germany are organised in the “Verband Deutscher Verkehrsunternehmen” (VDV = Association of German Transport Companies). The VDV advises and supports its member companies and politicians, supports the exchange of experience and know-how between the members and prepares technical, operational, legal and economic principles. The VDV also represents the interests of its member companies towards parliaments, authorities, industry and other institutions. Therefore, the VDV has offices in Brussels (European office) and Berlin (capital office) besides its head office in Cologne. The regional interests of the member companies are defended by nine regional groups. Moreover, six general committees and 19 expert committees are dealing with the special challenges of the sector. More than 400 experts in very different fields do voluntary work in these committees, which results in rules (VDV Recommendations and VDV Reports).

    Verband Deutscher Verkehrsunternehmen e. V. (VDV)

Fact and Figures

Did you know that in Germany:

  • Public transport in Germany replaces 20 million car trips every day
  • More than 400,000 people work in Germany’s public transport sector
  • Visitors of cultural events and air and rail passengers can use public transport for free or at a reduced rate thanks to co-operation between ticketing agencies
  • A single trip by public transport costs € 2.60 in Berlin, Frankfurt and Munich and 3.00 € in Hamburg

The German Railway Industry Association (VDB) represents the interests of railway technology manufacturers and their suppliers in Germany—altogether more than 170 companies. Further information here:

Verband der Bahnindustrie

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