The things you learn.  Germany deregulates intercity bus service in 2013, and lower prices entice riders off the passenger trains.  (There are no speed limits on the Autobahns as we understand them, but somehow a 300 km/h Greyhound Scenicruiser boggles the mind.)  Deutsche Bahn strikes back.
Deutsche Bahn revealed details of an ambitious programme to regain lost business in the long-distance passenger market through expansion of its ICE and IC networks on March 18. The move follows an unprecedented surge in long-distance coach travel since market deregulation in 2013.

Faster and more frequent trains serving more destinations are envisaged in a programme which DB says will see €12bn invested by 2030. Thanks to a 25% increase in service levels, DB hopes to attract up to 50 million more passengers a year.

Highlights of the plans include two ICE services an hour on core routes and the relaunch of IC services using 120 double-deck trains that will serve ‘nearly all’ towns and cities in Germany with a population of more than 100 000. Completion of sections of new line between Nürnberg and Berlin will cut München – Berlin timings to under 4 h from 2018.
Chicago - Naperville - Rockford - Madison, anyone? With half-hourly headways?  Let's keep that 100,000 population in the backs of our minds.  The research department owes me a report.
Ulrich Homburg, DB’s Board Member for Passenger Transport, said that ‘with the largest and most modern long-distance network since the railway reform we want to make our contribution to Germany’s future … with two ICE trains an hour on the main routes we will effectively be creating a super-fast and very comfortable S-Bahn between Germany’s cities.’
That is, the trains will offer the frequency, connectivity, and perhaps the amenities of ... interurbans.  The German railroads give the impression of a very heavily used commuter rail service, thus it's not too much of a stretch to commingle regional trains and intercity limiteds on the same tracks.

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