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Veolia Verkehr GmbH is a private operator of passenger buses and trains in Germanymarker. On April 3 2006, Connex Verkehr GmbH was renamed Veolia Verkehr GmbH, but the sister companies kept their current names.

In Germany, Veolia, formerly Connex, gave each franchise regional names. Most companies operate rather small, regional train and bus services.
Interconnex Line 1 (Gera - Rostock)

Regional services and other transportation activities

Since April 4, 2005, Veolia’s German operations have been structured into four regions.

North

Nord-Ostsee-Bahn train between Hamburg and Sylt
Nord-Ostsee-Bahn train between Hamburg and Sylt
Region North includes the federal states of Hamburgmarker and Schleswig-Holsteinmarker and a short line in Denmarkmarker. In this region, the Niebüller Verkehrsbetriebe GmbH (NVB) and the Nord-Ostsee-Bahn GmbH (NOB) operate:
  • Niebüller Verkehrsbetriebe, a bus company operating ten bus lines with a length of about 530 km (about 330 miles). It has nineteen employees and carries about 680,000 passengers each year. Its main shareholder is the Nord-Ostsee-Bahn;
  • Nord-Ostsee-Bahn has been operating a 237 km (150 mile) long railway service between the island of Syltmarker and Hamburgmarker since December 12 2005. The corporate name translates to North and Baltic Sea Railway. It was the first private train operator to offer such a long route. Nord-Ostsee-Bahn also operates the routes Kielmarker - Husummarker, Husum - Sankt Peter-Ordingmarker, Kiel - Neumünstermarker (together with Deutsche Bahn), Niebüllmarker - Tønder (Denmark) and the bus line Brunsbüttelmarker - Glückstadtmarker. They have more tha 250 employees, run about 7.1 million km (4.4 million miles) per year, carry 7 million passengers each year and operate a railway network that is 431 km (270 miles) long.


It is planned to extend these trains from Hamburgmarker on to Berlinmarker and Cologne under the operation of "Ostseeland Verkehrs GmbH" (OLA), which runs all Veolia long-distance trains in Germany. Unlike the trains between Syltmarker and Hamburg, the trains from Hamburg to Berlin and Cologne are not subsidised by any State of Germany

East

(Berlinmarker, Brandenburgmarker, Mecklenburg-Vorpommernmarker, Saxonymarker, Saxony-Anhaltmarker and Thuringiamarker)
  • SaxBus Eilenburgermarker Busverkehr GmbH: urban bus lines
  • Connex Sachsen-Anhalt GmbH
  • Lausitzbahn/Connex Sachsen GmbH
  • Niederbarnimer Eisenbahn AG
  • Niederschlesische Verkehrs-Gesellschaft mbH
  • Ostseelandverkehr GmbH (OLA)
  • Schöneicher-Rüdersdorfer Straßenbahn GmbH: Tram line linking Berlin suburbs to Friedrichshagen S-Bahn station
  • Taeter Tours GmbH (Dresdenmarker)
  • Verkehrsgesellschaft Görlitzmarker GmbH: urban network of 2 tram lines


West

(Bremenmarker, Hessemarker, Lower Saxonymarker, North Rhine-Westphaliamarker, Rhineland-Palatinatemarker and Saarlandmarker)
  • Alpina Bad Homburgmarker GmbH
  • Alpina Limburg GmbH & Co KG
  • Alpina Rhein-Main GmbH & Co KG
  • Dürenmarker trans GmbH
  • Farge-Vegesacker Eisenbahn GmbH (FVE), (Bremen)
  • HABUS-GmbH Verkehrsbetriebe (Hagenmarker): urban bus lines
  • Nassauische Verkehrs-Gesellschaft mbH
  • NordWestBahn GmbH (NWB)
  • PalatinaBus GmbH (Edenkobenmarker)
  • RegioBus Güterslohmarker GmbH
  • Rheinisch-Bergische Eisenbahn GmbH (RBE) (Mettmannmarker)
  • Schaumburgermarker Verkehrs-Gesellschaft mbH
  • TAETER GmbH & Co KG (Aachenmarker)
  • Teutoburger Wald Eisenbahn-Gesellschaft (TWE), (Güterslohmarker)
* TWE-Busverkehrs-GmbH


South

(Baden-Württembergmarker and Bavariamarker)
BOB train
* WEG-Kraftverkehrs-GmbH: bus lines


Long-distance trains

Veolia runs three long distance trains:

InterConnex 1

Plan of the InterConnex 1
Interconnex 1 runs between Leipzigmarker and Berlin Hauptbahnhofmarker, up to three times each way, Monday to Friday. On Saturdays, the train runs from Leipzigmarker to Rostockmarker via Berlinmarker and back on Sunday. The trains are pulled by a locomotive of the Nord-Ostsee-Bahn and consist of new coaches of the Nord-Ostsee-Bahn with air conditioning.

Previously, the service was run all the way between Rostockmarker - Berlinmarker - Leipzigmarker - Geramarker using German diesel multiple units of the Talent class. This service commenced in December 2001 under the flag of Ostseeland Verkehr GmbH Since those trains were constructed for regional use, longer journeys were quite unpleasant. Only later were they fitted with more comfortable long distance seats. From the beginning on they had a BoardBistro. This train was conceptualized as a compensation for the cancelled Deutsche Bahn trains between Rostockmarker and Leipzigmarker. The trains offered three classes: Traveler, Economy and Business. Each of them with a different kind of service. These classes disappeared in May 2006, when the train service was shortened to the current section Leipzigmarker - Berlinmarker. Ticketing has been simplified at the same time.

There was a period of transition for this service between May and December 2006. During this period, a shuttle train ran between Geramarker and Leipzigmarker consisting of a diesel multiple unit of the Desiro class. In this period, the train service already ran twice a day only between Leipzig and Berlin, stopping at Berlin Potsdamer Platz (and some trains also at Bitterfeldmarker). On Saturdays the train went all the way to Warnemündemarker via Neustrelitz, Waren and Rostock, making the return trip on Sundays. On Sundays it drove back from Warnemünde to Berlin and further to Leipzig.

Interconnex 2: Ostseeland Express

Plan of the Ostseeland Express
Interconnex 2, which is officially called the Ostseeland Express (OLX) since December 2005, runs between Stralsundmarker, Berlinmarker and Dresdenmarker. It came into operation in December 2004, starting at first at Zittaumarker and then running via Berlinmarker to Stralsundmarker, with a summer extension to Rügenmarker. In the summer of 2004, it was even extended at the Zittau side all the way to Liberecmarker in the Czech Republicmarker. Shuttle buses operated from Dresdenmarker and Usedommarker. However, at the timetable modification of December 2004, the route was changed to the current, shorter stretch.

Harz-Berlin-Express

Plan of the Harz-Berlin-Express
Since December 2005, Veolia subcontractor HarzElbeExpress (HEX) has been operating the Harz-Berlin-Express from Berlin via Magdeburgmarker and Halberstadtmarker to Thalemarker in the Harzmarker on weekends. This route was previously operated by the Deutsche Bahn.

Abandoned: InterConnex 3

Plan of the InterConnex 3
A third line between Rostockmarker and Cologne ran between June 6 and October 27, 2003.

Future plans

Two new lines are planned between Hamburgmarker and Cologne, as well as Hamburgmarker and Berlinmarker as an extension of the regional trains between Syltmarker and Hamburgmarker from December 2006 on. All long-distance trains will again run under the name of InterConnex.

Cargo trains

Cargo trains are operated under the name of Connex Cargo Logistics GmbH.

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