In order to keep the consequences of climate change as low as possible, our CO 2 emissions must be drastically reduced. This includes, among other things, far-reaching changes in our traffic behavior: away from the car, towards walking, cycling and public transport. At the same time, this offers the possibility of redistributing urban space, increasing the quality of life and developing natural spaces. The Regiotram in Gießen – a tram that also runs on the existing rail network in the surrounding area – can make a major contribution. The time to seriously tackle the Regiotram in Giessen is more ripe than it has been for a long time.
For the citizens’ application for the Regiotram – which should oblige the city of Gießen before the expansion and new construction of the streets in Gießen, which are on the routes of the Regiotram in question, to determine and publish the costs and all possible subsidies including their possible combinations for the construction of the proposed tram network – the quorum for submitting this has been reached. The initiative now has more than 1,000 signatures on Gießen-Direkt.de and on paper. However, the submission should only be made if the city politicians do not take the initiative themselves. But the initiators hope so, because:
- The coalition agreement of the coalition factions in the Giessen city parliament stipulates (page 7) that a feasibility study for the Regiotram should be commissioned.
- In the district of Gießen, too, there is a positive general mood for improvements in rail-bound public transport.
- The Vogelsbergbahn, on which the Regiotram would run between Mücke and the outskirts of Gießen, is to be double-tracked in several sections after the Germany cycle. Electrification would make sense in at least some areas.
- In Gießen, the longest route that would have to be provided with new tracks would be on or along Grünberger Straße. This is in need of renovation, so that it could be advantageous for the city treasury to lay new rails as well, since state and federal subsidies for new rail construction projects are currently very high. 80 to 90% of the costs for the construction of the Regiotram could be taken over by them.
It is therefore no longer possible to wait, but to start planning now, at least for particularly suitable sections. Because from the first planning step to the construction, it will inevitably take (much) more time. Any further delay will therefore only do harm – and we do not have this time to waste with further inaction in view of traffic gridlock, traffic fatalities and climate change.