Status: 07.12.2023, 15:14 PM
By: Jonas Napiletzki
Attractive connection: The line between Rosenheim in the east and Murnau in the west closes a gap in local transport – probably in the colours of the MVV. © Archive TP
The district has been working towards this for around ten years. Now it looks as if buses will run hourly between Rosenheim and Murnau from December 2025.
District – Yesterday, Wednesday, the district council unanimously followed the recommendation from the district development committee to commission MVV with the tender for the Alpine bus line. It's time to rejoice, summed up Josef Lechner (CSU). "We have finally come to a good conclusion." Former District Administrator Wolfgang Rzehak (Greens), in whose term of office the Alpenbus has its roots, also rejoiced: "Today is a good day."
Andrea Ladewig, Head of the Mobility Development Unit at the District Office, previously looked back on critical phases in the planning, which was on the brink in the city of Rosenheim and later due to the tight budget situation in the Weilheim-Schongau district. Above all, however, Ladewig emphasized that the Alpine bus line is not only an enormously important addition to public transport, but also benefits above all from "a very attractive subsidy from the Free State".
As reported, the operation on the eastern section between Rosenheim and Bad Tölz is expected to cost around 2.5 to 2.8 million euros per year. Around 1.3 million euros of this amount will be allocated to the district of Miesbach; after the funding, it is still an average of 535,000 euros in the first three years, Ladewig calculated. As already presented in the district development committee, this is over 100,000 euros more than was calculated in 2021. "The estimated operating costs have increased significantly," Ladewig noted. This is due to increases in the collective wage agreement and increased fuel costs. Nevertheless, the district receives services worth 1.3 million euros for less than half of the costs.
Nationally significant line: Funding at 50 percent on a permanent basis
The funding of the Free State should be 65 percent in the first year and gradually reduced. From the fourth year onwards, the quota should then be 50 percent permanently. At the same time, however, an increase in fare revenues is to be expected, Ladewig said. In the first three years, the tickets sold are expected to cover about ten to 15 percent of the costs for the district, and from the fourth year onwards, 25 percent is to be expected. "There will always be deficits in bus routes," Ladewig stressed.
However, the head of mobility development named the shortcoming that Irschenberg is not connected to the Alpine bus line as a "toad" that the district would have to swallow. District Administrator Olaf von Löwis (CSU) explained: "We have given everything to connect Irschenberg." But it was unavoidable to get the short end of the stick: The district of Rosenheim had struggled with the strong argument that the line should run via Bad Feilnbach and not over the well-developed route via Bad Aibling in order to establish a connection to the hospital in Rosenheim. While Irschenberg's mayor Klaus Meixner (CSU) came to the meeting later and could not speak at this point, the district administrator announced: "We have something else in mind for Irschenberg." Christine Negele (SPD) later demanded a kind of feeder to the Alpine bus line for Irschenberg.
Waakirchen's mayor Norbert Kerkel (FWG), whose municipality is even connected to the pharmacy and the town hall with two stations, is much happier about the route of the line. "That's a great thing," Kerkel emphasized. Especially for commuters to Penzberg, the east-west connection is very attractive. There was further praise from Thomas Straßmüller (FWG), among others, who praised the connection of the Agatharied hospital. As reported, the eastern part of the line runs from Rosenheim via Bad Feilnbach to Miesbach and from there via Agatharied, Ostin, Gmund, Waakirchen, Reichersbeuern and Greiling to Bad Tölz. A total of six vehicles are to be used on this half of the route – in line with the five-year duration of the tender until at least 2030. A further two booster lines to Miesbach and Gmund also run from Bad Tölz and back.
Only Garmisch-Partenkirchen is missing - confirmation expected
The fact that the second part of the line to Murnau is connected with a change there was criticized by Paul Fertl (SPD). He feared a loss of attractiveness. Ladewig had already anticipated this criticism. "In Bad Tölz, there is a traffic jam in the morning, at noon – and again in between." In order to avoid delays that would affect the entire line and jeopardize connections to rail traffic, two branches are absolutely necessary.
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Bavaria's Transport Minister Christian Bernreiter was also pleased with the unanimous decision, as his ministry announced: "This is a great signal for public transport in the region." With the Alpenbus, the Ministry of Transport wants to create an attractive cross-connection. "I hope that the other participating municipalities will also opt for the Alpenbus and that it can then be launched at the end of 2025." Among all five districts, only the confirmation from Garmisch-Partenkirchen is missing. The decision will be made there next week. Nap
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