Even that amount wouldn’t be enough to implement climate goals, representatives from S-Bahn, MVV and MVG warned. Carriers will not be able to afford the additional expansion with fare income alone.
There were a few cute banter to warm up, and a flaming birthday cake at the end. And in between, there were plenty of pleas to expand local public transportation, which were not necessarily inflammatory, but very urgent. On Thursday, S-Bahn Munich, the Munich Transport and Tariff Association (MVV) and the Munich Transport Company (MVG) invited a party in Neucherberg. Because the Munich S-Bahn began operations on April 28, 50 years ago. MVV followed a month later. MVG celebrated the 50th anniversary of the underground in Munich last October.
To celebrate the day, Nockherberg Hall was well stocked with all kinds of invited guests from politics and carriers. And of course the heads of MVG, Ingo Wortmann, S-Bahn Munich, Heiko Büttner, and MVV Bernd Rosenbusch took the opportunity to bring their wishes for the future of transportation onto the stage. And it’s all about expanding public transportation, so it’s all about money – a lot of money.
In order to implement the climate goals announced by the federal government, 40 billion euros will be needed by 2040 for the necessary expansion of public transport in the Munich region alone, said Ingo Wortmann, who is also president of the German Transport Association (VDV). But even this will not be enough. Across Germany, an additional €11 billion will be needed for public transport operating costs in 2030 alone. Last year, the federal government distributed nine billion euros in so-called regionalism funds to transport passengers by local railroads to the federal states.
Expansion costs: Carriers will not be able to afford further expansion with fare revenue alone. Munich example: According to Mayor Dieter Reiter (SPD), the city supports MVG with €270 million annually. It wasn’t needed in the past, says Reiter. And as far as the cuts to the show currently planned by MVG, the mayor confirmed that there will be no performance cuts with him. But if the bus is empty in the evening and you are thinking of making modifications, then this is not a decrease in performance, but economics.
According to the Municipal Transport Financing Act (GVFG), the federal government is currently paying €1 billion annually to expand local transport – nationwide. From 2025 it should be two billion. That’s how much we need in Munich alone, says Reiter. “We need a contemporary GVFG.” Together with the new Bavarian Transport Minister Christian Bernreiter (CSU), he wants to work for it in Berlin, says OB.
The speakers unanimously declared that they looked with envy at planning and building times in previous years compared to the present. In the past, operations were simpler and therefore faster. For example, the construction of Munich’s first subway line and the main S-Bahn tunnel line took only about six years from decision to completion. For comparison: The second main line of the S-Bahn should be ready in 2028 at the earliest. Passed by the state parliament in April 2010.
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