The city should become an ICE system stop: this is what local politicians and the coburg chamber of commerce are calling for, meaning that an ICE train should stop in coburg every two hours in each direction. So far, six ICE trains travel to coburg every day (three in each direction); from december 2019, there will be eight. This is how the railroad plans.
Deutsche bahn CEO richard lutz is said to have promised even more, wrote coburg member of parliament hans michelbach (CSU) on 3. July in a letter to federal transport minister andreas scheuer (CSU): at an early breakfast meeting on 27 july. June lutz "has assured that coburg will be integrated into the long-distance network at two-hour intervals when the deutschland-takt is introduced". ICE and IC connections currently pay for long-distance traffic. The deutschland-takt is scheduled to take effect in 2030, but according to the federal ministry of transportation, it will be launched in the first regions as early as 2021. The deutschland-takt aims to better coordinate local and long-distance traffic; on major axes, trains are to run every half hour.