With the timetable change on May 30 - a year later than planned - operation of the 57 km Volmetalbahn linking Dortmund, Hagen, Brügge and Lüdenscheid becomes the responsibility of the Dortmund Märkische Eisenbahn, founded in 1997 by Dortmunder Stadtwerke (75%) and bus company Märkische Verkehrs Gesellschaft (25%).

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