Originally, the nationwide implementation of the Deutschlandtakt in Germany was planned for 2030. According to State Secretary Theurer, however, it will take decades before the project is fully completed. He does not see the Deutschlandtakt being fully implemented until 2070. Rather, the project of the century will come “in stages, as planned from the beginning”. The project will cost around 50 to 60 billion euros. Following the Swiss model, rail traffic is to be converted to a nationwide interval timetable that will make departure times more reliable and predictable for passengers and also make it easier to change trains. Trains are to run every hour in each direction at the same minute – long-distance trains every 60 minutes and on main axes every 30 minutes. Long-distance and regional services are also to be optimally interlinked.