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15 February 2008  •  Author(s): Dr. Tobias Heinemann, Chief Executive Officer, S-Bahn Berlin GmbH and Felix Pohl, Head of Marketing Department, S-Bahn Berlin GmbH

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.

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