Not bans, but freedom of choice should bring the traffic turnaround of the Greens for the people. This was the central message of Dr. Markus Büchler, who gave a lecture at the Gasthaus Zur Post in Erding at the invitation of the Erdinger Ortsverband.
Erding - The transport policy spokesman of the Greens in the state parliament addressed various aspects, answered questions from the audience and entered into the discussion.
His credo: "We don't want to take anything away from someone, we want to create alternatives." It is about freedom of choice and about counteracting the "car compulsion". Especially in rural areas, people are still dependent on it.
The CSU's transport policy, which is geared towards individual transport, is "harmful to the climate and anti-social" because it "excludes or forces significant parts of the population into the car". In the past, the railway system had been "criminally neglected", "unworthy" of an industrialised country and the duplication of track was urgently needed.
In this context, Büchler also spoke about the planned expansion of the second trunk line in Munich, the costs of which are expected to grow to around ten billion in the end with a view to 15 years of expansion - a lot of money that is missing for the complex and nationwide expansion of the public transport network.
Büchler explained the alternative favored by the Greens of the Südring upgrade for the Munich region. Buses and trains have been underfunded for decades. With attractive connections, fares, uniform booking and comprehensive accessibility, the public transport network is to be upgraded. For young people in training, the use should be free of charge, said the Green politician. The complicated ticketing practice is "wild as a bird".
The needs-based expansion of the public transport network must become a "mandatory task", emphasized the transport policy spokesman.
The Greens' candidate for the state parliament, Laetitia Wegmann, who attended the technical college in Landshut for three years, reported on the difficulty of getting there by bus. Now this bus line is even to be cancelled, "although students are dependent on it".
A poorly developed bus line is poorly received – in the city of Dachau there is a ten-minute interval, Alfred Schreiber of the VCD cited an exemplary implementation.
Municipalities should be empowered to gain more autonomy in reducing speed in their municipality, was another point Büchler addressed.
The ongoing process of the referendum on cycling in Bavaria was discussed, as well as the service in need of improvement, being able to take the bike with you on the train and practicable trip pooling for the daily commute to work.
The third runway was also discussed. Although this could be averted by referendum, the building permit still exists. The Greens fear that this could become a lever to build the railway anyway, which would be a "catastrophe". Büchler assured that the Greens would continue to campaign for the abolition of the permit.
Information event instead of counter-demonstration: With a political morning pint on Sunday, June 25 at 10 a.m., at which the member of the Bundestag Dieter Janecek speaks, the Greens in the district of Erding react to the controversial demo on June 10 against the alleged "heating ideology" of the traffic light government, which is supported by cabaret artist Monika Gruber (we reported). District spokeswoman Annett Burgarth explained that her party was focusing on factual information and pointed out that bus trips were being organized for the demonstration by the right-wing scene. "What citizens need is information and support. What they don't need is agitation and propaganda," she writes on the Green Party's homepage. VEV