The Frankfurter Allegemeine reports today that DB fares will rise this month by an average of 1.8%, well under the current German inflation rate of around 5%. A new train type is being introduced on eight of the most intensively used routes, the ICE Sprinters which will have fewer stops. Three of these will travel non-stop each way every day between Cologne and Berlin, cutting about 30 minutes from the journey time ( down on ICE Sprinters to under four hours). ICE4 trains continue to come into service. These have 13 coaches with 918 seats. The new coalition government plans to double the DB's travel capacity.