Ostdeutsche Eisenbahn ODEG, together with representatives from the states of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Berlin, Brandenburg and Saxony-Anhalt and the transport authorities VBB-Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH, Nahverkehrsservice Sachsen-Anhalt & Verkehrsgesellschaft Mecklenburg-Vorpommern mbH, signed the transport contract for the Elbe-Spree network in Brandenburg an der Havel. As part of the ceremony, one of the new six-car Desiro HC trains was presented in Magdeburg and Brandenburg an der Havel by train manufacturer Siemens Mobility.The new Elbe-Spree rail network marks a commitment by the four states to provide these services. The high service frequency, many modern trains, and improved infrastructure will ensure decisive improvements for both commuters and travelers throughout the region. The interstate connections will, among other things, increase the attractiveness of having separate places of residence and work, especially in fast growing cities and smaller communities outside of the main metropolitan areas. The Elbe-Spree network is an extension of the existing S-Bahn network, whose transport contracts expire at the end of this year. In order to continue meeting the growing demand for local rail passenger transport in the future, the new rail network will expand by around five million train kilometers, providing around 25 percent more capacity than in the past. As of December 2022, some 28 million train kilometers will be operated throughout the entire Elbe-Spree network, and the capacities required by this volume of traffic will be ensured by increasing service frequency, providing longer trains, and building longer platforms. The expansion of the network will be carried out in two stages: The first will center on the network infrastructure, excluding the current construction of the Dresdner Bahn in Berlin. Following commissioning of this stage, most likely beginning in 2025 further improvements for passengers in the network will be provided.