For a real change in mobility, local public transport in Germany will need 1.5 billion euros more per year from 2022 onwards than previously estimated by the federal government. The umbrella association of municipalities in Germany, the German Association of Towns and Municipalities (DStGB), called for this on Tuesday in Neustrelitz (Mecklenburg Lake District) with a view to exploring the federal parties in Berlin.
The money – around eleven billion euros by 2030 – is necessary to meet the additional needs as a result of climate protection and to offer drivers incentives to switch to local transport, said the chairman of the Federal Committee for Economics, Transport and Tourism, Ingo Hacker, after consultations Mayors. “A strong public transport is the core element of a traffic turnaround.”
If carbon dioxide emissions in the transport sector are to be reduced by 88 percent by 2040, you need a mix of attractive local transport, expanded rail lines, more cycle paths and e-vehicles, added Timm Fuchs from the umbrella organization. Rural regions in particular would have to be connected much better than before through flexible bus services such as on-call bus systems. A new federal government should also start a traffic offensive for cyclists and pedestrians.
Railway lines should be reactivated
Disused railway lines should also be reactivated. This is possible over a distance of about 1300 kilometers. The current passenger numbers should not be taken as a benchmark here, but the passenger potential that can be achieved with an attractive expansion.
As important positive examples, Hacker cited an S-Bahn extension in the greater Stuttgart area, which should cost 220 million euros, as well as the reactivation of railway lines such as Neustrelitz-Mirow or the Mecklenburg Southern Railway, which had been disputed for years to continue operating. The umbrella organization represents the interests of municipalities in Germany through 17 regional associations.
Previously, the consumer advice centers and the transport ministers of the federal states had also asked for more money for the transport sector and more flexible transport offers in rural areas for the mobility transition.