Looking at the timetable at the train station is considered old-fashioned, and there are no longer any timetable books like the MVV used to have.
The passenger should kindly look into one of the many apps on the cell phone to find out when the train or bus is leaving.
However, there are embarrassing gaps, as a state parliament request now shows.
Munich – The number of apps that you should play on your cell phone is large and confusing: MVV, MVG, BEG – all offer their own timetable information on cell phones.
The Bahn even several, the DB Navigator and the DB route agent for example.
But whichever app you use, they all have their gaps and pitfalls.
This shows a request from the Greens member of parliament Markus Büchler.
DB, MVG, and BEG app: Green politicians discover errors in the navigators
The man from Oberschleißheim, who travels by train quite often and is not afraid of long-distance journeys to Spain by rail, wanted to know why, among other things, the bus from regional transport in Upper Bavaria from Tegernsee in the direction of Maurach/Achensee could not be found in the DSB Navigator.
Actually, that shouldn't be the case: the Bavarian railway company has obligated all transport companies to provide the timetable data.
That's what Defas is for - Bavaria's integrated electronic passenger information and connection security system.
It is the central timetable platform for the Free State.
In turn, all apps access Defas when they display the information to the passengers.
Incorrect information on the MVG strike
At least in theory.
In practice, there are sensitive gaps, especially when something changes spontaneously.
An example: Ironically, during the Munich MVG strike, there was also a main route closure on the S-Bahn on Friday.
The passenger who was stranded in Munich-Pasing was undeterred referred to tram 19 to continue towards the city center - although it was not running because of the strike.
Such false information can cost time and nerves.
The Bavarian Ministry of Transport admits that Defas does not collect all mobility data.
More than 100 companies in Bavaria reliably delivered their data.
But not all.
Overall, "well over 90 percent" of the timetable data from regular buses is fed into Defas.
But not 100 percent, which Büchler calls "just embarrassing".
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Rufbus in Murnau fed in later
The Ministry of Transport also explains in the answer to its request that it has to follow up again and again.
In the past twelve months, a number of missing data sets have become known and have subsequently been entered.
It concerned the buses from Ebenbeck-Reisen in the Straubing-Bogen district, city traffic data in Gunzenhausen, BusClassic in the Bamberg district and Ansbacher Bäder und Verkehrs GmbH.
The absence of the call bus system Omobi Murnau and the citizen mobile PeitingMobil was also announced.
The latter are so-called area-requirement traffic that drive “on demand” (New German for: according to requirement).
"Especially for the new types of land-use transport, no data is often made available," the ministry concedes.
Büchler calls on the ministry to increase its efforts.
"It is clear that the integration of on-demand services such as call buses or call taxis is not easy." But it is also a fact that the Free State "is not actively trying to integrate them".
However, the efforts specifically for Murnau could come too late.
The market town council recently decided to let the award-winning offer expire on June 30th.
Citizens are now fighting to have it extended.
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