The “Bundesverkehrswegeplan” (Federal Master Plan for Traffic Infrastructure) is Germany’s central planning instrument for the development and maintenance of road, rail and waterway infrastructures. The current update process will be finished in 2015. Read more (DE only):


Funding for public transport in Germany comes from national, provincial and local levels. Details on the history and current regulation of public transport funding, along with two case studies for the metropolitan areas of Frankfurt/Main and Berlin can be found here:


The National Cycling Plan guides and informs the development of cycling infrastructure and policy across Germany. The “National Cycling Plan 2020 – Joining forces to evolve cycling” is available at


Air quality and noise monitoring in Germany is mainly governed by the Act on the Prevention of Harmful Effects on the Environment Caused by Air Pollution, Noise, Vibration and Similar Phenomena, simply called the Federal Immission Control Act (BImSchG) for short, along with its implementing ordinances and regulations. In addition, there are more air quality provisions at the local level.


Reducing noise and pollution requires joint action between federal governments, provinces, municipalities, professional agencies and the general public. Clean air and noise reduction planning is embedded in transport planning policy frameworks and regulations. The Federal Environmental Agency (Umweltbundesamt) provides important guidance for municipalities and policy makers on this topic. For further information visit:


Fact and Figures

Did you know that in Germany:

  • You need a badge showing your car’s emission standard to drive into an environmental zone

International Transport Forum (Leipzig, 2015, May 27-29),


Maintaining reliable transport infrastructures is cost intensive. Since 2005 Germany has introduced user fees for lorries (transport trucks) on the Autobahn and selected federal roads. The road user charging system “Toll Collect” works automatically without any stationary toll points. Learn more:

Toll Collect System: