\r\nA direct awarded is planned and the tendering authorities have preselected several candidates. The total volume is about 240,000 train-km per annum.\r\nThe regional train services requested are on the so called M\u00fcnstertalbahn with some extended services to Freiburg main station. At present the services are operated by regional railway operator Sweg, which 100% owned by the state.\r\nThe new contract will start on June 12 2016 and will run until December 2019. The expiry date of the contract is flexible in case the planned Network 9b does not begin operations on schedule on December 15 2019.\r\nBids must be received no later than April 28 at 11.00 CET. The tender is available to view here.