Commercial transport in Berlin is primarily of a local and regional nature. Over 80 percent of the long distance freight transportation occurs by road and 60 percent of that is between Berlin and Brandenburg.
The integrated commercial transportation concept for Berlin sets out the following steps that are to be taken in the future:
- Expand the innovations already in place: combined lanes for bus and truck traffic, the "Commercial Transport Platform" as a basis for urban logistics, loading zones and cooperative logistics services for construction sites are ideas developed in Berlin that are also taking hold in other European cities.
- Reinforce and develop commercial infrastructure (especially rail connections and transshipment centers, development of water routes in harmony with other urban development considerations)
- "Terminal Concept": Development of intra-city and inter-modal nodes (infrastructures and transshipment areas), in order to create the prerequisites for increasing the share of freight transported by rail and water.
Berlin is accessible by way of navigable rivers. For many goods, shipping by inland waterway is an ecologically and economically sensible alternative to rail or road. The following links provide comprehensive information about
Berlin's ports concept
Low emissions traffic zones in Berlin
Two low emissions zones were created in Berlin beginning January 1st, 2008. Only vehicles with the corresponding sticker can drive within the S-Bahn Ring.
Berlin's public transit system is very well organized, allowing users to reach nearly any destination in the city quickly and easily almost around the clock. That is one significant reason why Berlin has the lowest number of motor vehicles per capita of any major German city, at 317 cars per 1,000 people.