AVG press release on regioKArgoTramTrain

Subproject regioKArgoTramTrain awarded at regioWIN:
Overall initiative regioKArgio and AVG: "Decisive step forward".

The sub-project regioKArgoTramTrain - a central component of the new overall initiative regioKArgo - was awarded a prize today, Wednesday, April 14, in the state-wide competition RegioWIN (Regional Competitiveness through Innovation and Sustainability) as a lighthouse project of the TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe and will now receive funding from the state of Baden-Württemberg.

"We are very pleased that we were able to convince the competition jury with our concept of developing a completely new type of freight light rail system and embedding it in a comprehensive new logistics concept," says Ascan Egerer, technical managing director of Albtal-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft (AVG). AVG is leading the consortium of the sub-project, which consists of numerous renowned partners. "With this, we are taking a decisive step forward and can now move into concrete implementation," Ascan Egerer further emphasizes.

Within the framework of regioKArgoTramTrain, it is planned to develop a comprehensive concept for a new type of light rail system that will transport passengers as well as goods from the region to the city in the future. While the current year is still dedicated to the further detailed conception, the test operation of a first prototype in the "real laboratory" is to follow. The test operation is to be carried out on the premises of the Karlsruhe transport company at the Rhine harbor.

"This award is of very great importance and also gives our overall initiative regioKArgo the decisive additional momentum we need to realize our vision," says Waldemar Epple, Chairman of the Board of the automotive engineering network (aen) based in Karlsruhe. The overall regioKArgo initiative, which consists of several sub-projects, has set itself the goal of achieving the following for the region in the near future Karlsruhe to develop and implement a new holistic and customer-oriented logistics concept. This should have several positive effects in terms of climate protection. The increased shift of freight traffic from road to rail can significantly reduce the traffic load caused by individual traffic and greatly reduce emissions.

The regioKArgoTramTrain sub-project, which has now won an award, plays a decisive role in this context. The aim of the overall initiative is to fundamentally reorganize logistics traffic between the Karlsruhe Technology Region and the Karlsruhe metropolitan area and vice versa. Starting from transshipment areas in the region - so-called consolidation centers - parcels and, if necessary, other goods are to be transported by rail with the help of the new type of freight light rail system to transshipment points within the city - so-called city hubs - and from there to be further distributed in a climate-friendly manner over the "last mile". This is also possible in the opposite direction.

Further information on the consortium and the partners of the subproject: The consortium leader of the subproject regioKArgoTramTrain is the Albtal-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft (AVG). Numerous renowned partners are involved in the consortium - including Offenburg University of Applied Sciences, Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe GmbH, Thales Deutschland GmbH, KIT, INIT GmbH and FZI Forschungszentrum Informatik as well as Deutsche Bahn Engineering & Consult GmbH.

Further information on the overall regioKArgo initiative and the respective sub-projects as well as the numerous partners can be found on the website www.regioKArgo.de .