S-Bahn Berlin GmbH - Articles and news items
Issue 1 2015 • 12 March 2015 • Peter Buchner, Ingo Priegnitz & Felix Pohl, S-Bahn Berlin
No other transport company can look back on such a past as rich and varied as S-Bahn Berlin. The network operator celebrated its 90th birthday on 8 August 2014, following the most severe crisis in its history. It successfully overcame these difficulties and now transports more than 400 million passengers a year – a record figure which reveals how S-Bahn Berlin has triumphed over the most adverse situations. Peter Buchner, Chairman of the Board of Directors, along with colleagues Ingo Priegnitz and Felix Pohl, take a look back at the difficult years and how the transport company has returned to form and looks to the future…
Since 1924, S-Bahn Berlin has been the backbone of mobility in Berlin. Up until the mid 1940s, the Berlin S-Bahn network had become one of the biggest urban rapid rail transport systems in Europe. The construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961, however, abruptly ripped the unified and closed rapid rail system apart.
During the years when Berlin was a divided city, the S-Bahn network developed differently in the two sectors of the city. In the Eastern half of the city, the S-Bahn remained the most important mode of transportation and continued to grow as new suburbs were developed. In 1962, the S-Bahn was expanded to serve the Schönefeld airport. Further expansion took place in 1976 to 1982 (line to Marzahn and Ahrensfelde) and 1984 to 1985 (line to Wartenberg) that linked the newly created residential areas on the eastern edge of Berlin.