Student representatives warn: public transport cuts harm students and the city

Student representatives warn: public transport cuts harm students and the city

Mülheim/Duisburg/Essen. Speakers from the AStA of the Ruhr West University of Applied Sciences and the AStA of the University of Duisburg-Essen urgently warn against the planned cuts in public transport in Mülheim. Several trams in the city are affected, including the 901, which currently runs from Duisburg Central Station via the Zoo/Uni stop to Mülheim Central Station. Likewise, the 104, an important connection to Essen, is to be cancelled and the frequency of the U18 underground line is to be decreased by 50% in the Mülheim area.

“The measures will harm the students, but to an even greater extent the city of Mülheim itself,” said Amanda Steinmaus, AStA chairwoman from Duisburg-Essen. “The connections to Duisburg and Essen are the reasons why the students of our university choose Mülheim as their place of residence. Other cities are happy to have a student life and take measures to promote it. It seems as if Mülheim is rather trying to deter the students.

Kai Trybusch, AStA Chairman of the Ruhr West University of Applied Sciences, agrees with her: “Such an enormous restriction of public transport weakens Mülheim as a university location. The tram connections within the city must work accordingly! This allows more choice when looking for accommodation and makes the whole city livelier”.

The student representatives know: Even non-student residents are dependent on good public transport. “Urban societies fragment and cheaper neighborhoods turn into isolated neighborhoods when connections are poor,” says Steinmaus. “That is why we are pressing for a rethink.”

Marc Schnell, representative for university policy and law at the AStA in Mülheim, also considers the debate on air pollution and environmental protection: “In the long term, a drastic expansion of public transport is necessary. The proportion of individual motorized transport must and will decrease”.

The two AStAs together represent around 46,000 students and pay the Ruhrbahn around 14 million euros a year because of the Semesterticket contract.

 

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