Sustainable urban mobility is inconceivable without public transport

17 February 2012  •  Author(s): Dr. Peter Ramsauer, Federal Minister of Transport, Building & Urban Development, Germany

Mobility in our towns and cities is unimaginable without efficient public transport. In Germany, fixed-track local transport is the backbone of local public transport. Its planning, organisation and funding are the responsibility of the federal states.

The Federal Government’s share of local public transport funding is currently approximately €8 billion a year. Together with the money provided by the federal states and local authorities, this means that substantial state funding is available to make fixed-track transport in Germany more attractive. One of the major funding instruments is the Federal Government programme that operates under the Act on Federal Government Financial Aid to Improve Transport at the Local Authority Level, which provides financial assistance to largescale projects in urban areas and their hinterland that involve eligible costs of at least €50 million. The programme is organised by the Federal Government in consultation with the federal states and provides funding totalling around €333 million per year.

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