Status: 09.12.2023, 09:00 a.m.
By: Andreas Beschorner
FDP district councillor Tobias Weiskopf was optimistic about the extension of bus line 693. All the greater was his criticism of the attitude of the district council majority. © Private
The regional bus line 693 between Hohenkammer and Lohhof will remain as it is. The district council has rejected the extension, which was still decided in the planning committee.
Freising/Ampertal – In order to increase the attractiveness of line 693, the districts of Freising and Dachau, together with the MVV, had suggested that the stops be relocated to Reichertshausen (Pfaffenhofen district) and Fröttmaning, respectively. However, this was already too expensive for the district councillors in the planning committee. Nevertheless, the committee approved the FDP motion with 10:5 votes to extend the line at least to Garching-Hochbrück and thus to the U6. Less than two weeks later, the district committee voted differently with 2:12 because the councillors did not see that the district of Munich did not pay.
Instead of 500,000 euros per year, the district would then have had to pay around 1.2 million euros
Because in the meantime the district of Dachau had not agreed to an extension of line 693, it was actually clear that the decision of the district committee would be followed. Instead of 500,000 euros per year, the district would then have had to pay around 1.2 million euros. But there was resistance to this approach.
On the one hand, Tobias Weiskopf (FDP) found it "a great pity" that the districts of Dachau and Munich do not participate financially, "but we always pay them nicely". On the other hand, he complained that extensions and frequency increases had always been agreed to for practically all other bus lines, but now suddenly voted differently for line 693 because of the budget situation. "This one is now the stupid line," Weiskopf said. All bus connections, which are now being operated in the same way, "are now the stupid ones".
FDP council calls for the new award to be put out to tender not for six years, but for one or two years
The FDP council called for an overall concept in which prioritization would be given to which line would be expanded and which would not. Until then, the decision on line 693 should be postponed or at least the new award should be put out to tender for one or two years rather than six. Michael Stanglmaier (Greens) said he had voted in the district committee to extend line 693. But because the district of Dachau does not play along, he no longer sees that Freising pays for everything alone. Turning to Weiskopf, Stanglmaier explained that such a concept was available in the local transport plan – including prioritization. He is strictly opposed to putting all this to the test again, just because Dachau does not contribute to the costs in one case.
CSU parliamentary group leader Manuel Mück made it short: In view of the budget situation, the CSU would not agree to any expansion of public transport services. Peter Warlimont (SPD) predicted that due to tight budgets, "we will not be able to implement the local transport plan for years to come".
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Susanne Hoyer (FW) sided with Weiskopf, saying she lacked "the rational basis for austerity". She thinks it's too simplistic to cut back just like that. According to the local transport plan, line 693 has priority, and cuts in public transport would run counter to the district's political goals such as climate protection and the mobility transition. Uwe Gerlsbeck (CSU) disagreed: Now the district of Dachau has also opted out. "How is an extension supposed to work?" In the end, the district council decided with 47:5 votes to put line 693 out to tender from December 2024 for the next six years to the previous extent.