|Article by Harvey Glickenstein|
|Through a targeted extension of the railway network, the RRX is expected to replace roughly 31,000 individual car trips every working day. The municipalities involved in the new RRX rail transport concept commissioned Siemens to supply 82 electric multiple units, type Desiro High Capacity (HC).
As part of the project, Siemens will provide maintenance services for a period of 32 years. The total price for furnishing and maintenance is €1.7 billion.
Commercial operation began on Line RE 11, which connects Düsseldorf, Essen, Dortmund, Hamm, Paderborn, and Kassel. During rush hours, the eventual target is one train every 15 min.