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"Ask me the question: Is it possible without a car?" - Citizens test public transport free of charge


Highlights: Taster day in Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen to encourage people to leave their cars at home. Passengers were able to use the MVV buses free of charge in the district. As reported, the RVO is struggling with staff shortages, because getting a driver's license costs about 12,000 euros. In the future, you will be able to travel to the Munich Zoo with one of the buses, says fleet manager Michael Schuster.. Status: 22.09.2023, 06:30 a.m.

Status: 22.09.2023, 06:30 a.m.

By: Melina Staar


Information, a snack and a chat were available at the taster day on Thursday. District Administrator Josef Niedermaier and Toni Strobl-Vogt (Public Transport Department at the District Office) provided information. © Arndt Pröhl

For one day, you could take the bus for free at the public transport taster day in Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen. This gave many a citizen a taste for it.

Bad Tölz – How can you get people to leave their cars at home more often and switch to the bus instead? In order to make the public transport services that already exist more visible, there was a taster day on Thursday. Passengers were able to use the MVV buses free of charge in the district. In addition, you didn't have to pay anything for the city buses in Bad Tölz, Geretsried and Wolfratshausen.

Taster day to encourage people to leave their cars at home

"It is not important to us to give away free rides," said District Administrator Josef Niedermaier at the information booth at Tölz station. "We want to encourage people to replace journeys with buses in their daily routines." That's why the action was also scheduled for a weekday. When asked about her use of the bus, a passer-by said: "I take the bus when it suits me. If it doesn't fit, I'll take the car." It is clear to him that everyone in rural areas has a car anyway, Niedermaier said. "But the goal is to switch to more public transport." A big step has happened with the X-Bus and the better connection of the large district towns. "It's great," praised a passer-by. "Especially because he also drives in the evening."

It is being used well, but it could be even better, Niedermaier said. Another important step is the expansion of the Munich Transport Association (MVV). As reported, the district of Tölz will be fully owned by MVV from December. According to the district administrator, the Alpenbus is also being worked on. This is intended to create a better connection between cities such as Rosenheim, Miesbach and Bad Tölz across districts.

Free trial day for bus driving

There was a second information booth at the bus station on the Isarkai, where the city of Bad Tölz and the RVO answered questions. "It is important to sensitize people to the topic of public transport and to lower the inhibition threshold," said Tölz Mayor Ingo Mehner. In principle, the use of the bus is not expensive, but with the free trial day, some people might try out the bus who would not otherwise do it. A woman who came to the information booth said she didn't have a car right now. "Now I ask myself the question: Do I buy a new one, or can I do without?" She wants to test how the alternative works. "Of course you need more time. But if you have appointments, you can take that into account."

Another woman admitted that she deliberately tried to ride the bus because of the action that day. A first success, then. "I don't know how many we can animate, but it would be nice if we could motivate some," says Mehner. Quite a few passengers who passed by the Isarkai would have taken the opportunity to get rid of something. For example, the topics of barrier-free access to the buses or the new fares were discussed. According to Sabrina Lorenz from the city of Bad Tölz, after the changeover to the MVV tariff, the 10-trip card of the RVO is no longer available – but there are alternatives. A big plus: "In the future, you will be able to travel from the Tölz bus station to the Munich Zoo with one ticket," said Michael Schuster, fleet manager of the RVO. If you want to achieve the traffic turnaround, you have to be present, says Schuster. "We have to reach out to people and show them that there are options without a car."

RVO wants support for bus driver's license

However, he would like to see support from politicians when it comes to obtaining a bus driver's license. As reported, the RVO is struggling with staff shortages. There are hardly any new bus drivers, because getting a driver's license costs about 12,000 euros. "A simplification would be necessary, something would have to happen from the very top," says Sandra Schäfer from RVO Marketing. However, she was pleased that so many people informed themselves about public transport on the taster day. "I am pleasantly surprised by the response."


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