In April 2019, the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern region decided to award a direct contract to ODEG for operating passenger trains on the lines RE9/RE10 (Ostseeküste-Ost concession). DB Regio filed a complaint, but the court decided that the region was in its right to do so. Preparations at ODEG’s are now ongoing. The concession covers a period of only two years (12.2019 – 12.2021). So, ODEG will take over from DB Regio, 3-car Siemens Desiro ML EMUs will replace 5-car Stadler FLIRT trains. For now.
Intermediate solution: hiring ÖBB Desiro ML EMUs