Richard Lutz, who in a surprise move was named head of Deutsche Bahn, knows what rail travel in Germany truly costs.
For many years the company’s financial chief, he can easily calculate the consequences of calls for an “affordable citizens’ railway,” synchronized timetables between commuter trains and long-distance lines or comprehensive freight transport. Here we’re talking hundreds of millions, or even billions of euros.
Mr. Lutz’s familiarity with the figures distinguishes him from rivals for the top post at Deutsche Bahn, if indeed the shortlist included any competitors in what was a hasty selection process.
Now, the question is whether such financial expertise will help him in day-to-day operations.