Bidding is expected to begin early next year for the contract, which covers the operation of 3.2 million train-km per year on six routes, including:
- Pleinfeld – Gunzenhausen
- Neustadt-an-der-Aisch – Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber/Markt Erlbach/Grafenberg/Simmelsdorf- Hütenbach/Neuhaus
- Fürth – Cadolzburg
- Wickelsgreuth – Windsbach, and
- Roth – Hippoltstein
The contract will also include an option for the operation of services between Ansbach and Dinkelsbühl.