Munich: Racist attack on Odeonsplatz – Munich

As has only now become known, there was a racist attack on a 21-year-old student on Saturday three weeks ago at the Odeonsplatz underground station. On September 19, shortly before midnight, the young man was waiting on one of the seats on the platform for his subway when he was approached by two strangers. The men asked him to vacate his seat; one insulted the student from Tunisia as “fucking Arab” and pushed him away. The second hit him in the face with his fist. When the U 5 in the direction of Neuperlach Zentrum entered, the two perpetrators got on and drove away.

The student could only adequately describe one of the two attackers to the police; He is said to have been between 20 and 30 years old, had short, black hair that was shaved on the back and sides, and a three-day beard. He wore a baggy jacket with a zipper and a large, red and black check pattern, black jeans and beige sports shoes. The police are looking for witnesses. The commissioner responsible for politically motivated crimes took over the investigation some time later. As an explanation, the police said that the racist background was only recognized late.

© SZ vom 09.10.2020 / anh / kast

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Strike in Munich: No subways, only four trams – Munich

No subways, only four tram lines and significantly fewer buses than normal: Because of a major warning strike, public transport in Munich is severely affected this Tuesday. Since 3:30 a.m., all drivers of the Münchner Verkehrsgesellschaft (MVG) have been asked not to show up for work. Many have obviously followed this. The strike lasts until 6 p.m. – and by then not a single subway will run. Traffic is significantly restricted on buses and trams. The Munich S-Bahn is not affected by the strike.

Subway

The fear of the MVG is: Should they send individual subways onto the track, many people might be tempted to go to one of the subway stations – in the hope of catching a train there. And then there would be a dangerous crowd on the platforms. These therefore remain closed until 6 p.m.

Bus

Those who want to take a bus have the best chance this Tuesday. Since around eight in the morning, there has been at least a 20-minute cycle on all lines. A spokesman said about half of all buses are in use. Because private bus companies also drive through Munich on behalf of the MVG, and their drivers are not called for a warning strike.

Tram

With the trams, on the other hand, the offer is much thinner throughout Tuesday: Since, according to the MVG, only about a fifth of the trains that are otherwise available can be used, they only run on four routes. First in the morning line 19 between Pasing and Berg am Laim went into operation. This was followed by lines 16 and 17, which run between Neuhausen and Bogenhausen, and line 27 from Petuelring to Sendlinger Tor until around 8 a.m. All of these tram lines are only served every 20 minutes. All other lines are canceled until about 6 p.m., as the MVG announced.

Train

The S-Bahn, which is operated by Deutsche Bahn, is not affected by the strike. A spokeswoman reported that the trains were “punctually” more crowded in the morning than usual. Overall, however, there were no major abnormalities. Your impression: The passengers had “adjusted well” to the local transport strike, and many probably stayed at home. Just a signal disruption on the main S-Bahn line towards Ostbahnhof caused temporary annoyance in the morning: As a result, many trains were delayed.

The situation on the streets

As a police spokesman said that “of course more Munich residents were driving in the morning”, there was a lot more going on on the streets during rush hour. Especially on the major roads into Munich and on the Mittlerer Ring. The traffic there was also jammed because of a technical breakdown: One of the stationary speed cameras on Landshuter Allee broke down shortly after six in the morning, as the spokesman reported, and flashed every car that drove past it – regardless of its speed. The result: many drivers braked, which made the traffic flow even slower. The machine should be repaired in the morning.

There is a lot going on on Tuesday morning on Munich’s streets like here on Rotkreuzplatz.

(Photo: Robert Haas)

Why the strike is so big this time

“Those who can should avoid the MVG means of transport today,” warned the transport company to its customers. You should plan more time and, if possible, switch to the S-Bahn that is not on strike. But there, too, one would have to reckon with “significantly increased passenger numbers”. This time, the warning strike goes further than comparable work stoppages in the past. Because the drivers in Munich have so far been paid according to two different collective agreements. Earlier arguments were about only one person, so only part of the staff could go on strike at any given time. The rest drove so that the MVG could always maintain a large part of the offer. This time it’s different.

The background of the warning strike

There is a company collective agreement for the drivers of the MVG. Some of the Munich drivers are still employed by Stadtwerke, the parent company of MVG; for them the (generally better) Bavaria-wide collective agreement for local public transport applies. Both contracts expired at the end of June and are currently being renegotiated. The unions, especially Verdi, are demanding more money than employers – including the MVG – are willing to pay. Because of the high loss of income as a result of the Corona crisis, there is hardly any leeway, argues the MVG.

In addition, the strike involves a third collective agreement that does not yet exist: the unions are trying to conclude a nationwide framework collective agreement for local transport. With this request they have failed so far, the Germany-wide warning strikes on this Tuesday should be a means of pressure. At MVG, on the other hand, this is considered disproportionate, since everything that Verdi is demanding for a nationwide contract has long been agreed in Bavaria and Munich.

additional Information

The current operating situation can also be found on the MVG website, in the MVG Fahrinfo app Twitter or on the Facebook page of the MVG.

Where there is still a strike

In Bavaria Verdi wants to strike the local transport in a total of eleven cities today. In addition to Munich, these are Nuremberg, Augsburg, Regensburg, Landshut, Fürth, Coburg, Bamberg, Aschaffenburg, Würzburg and Schweinfurt. “In Augsburg there is next to nothing,” said a spokesman for the local utility company in the morning. In Regensburg, the bus traffic is completely paralyzed, according to the municipal utilities. In Nuremberg, instead of trams and underground trains, buses run along the night line network.

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Munich: Right of way for the traffic turnaround – Munich

Car traffic in Munich has increased for decades. So they built wider and wider roads for him so that he could gain even more weight. Driving in the city has long been very convenient. Now the traffic arteries are increasingly blocked, there is a risk of a heart attack. Incidentally, this does not only apply to the streets: Overcrowded underground and suburban trains, trams and buses show every day that something has to be done in the city. Because Munich is growing: According to forecasts, 1.85 million people will live here by 2040, and experts expect a permanent rush hour during the day from 2030 onwards.

That is why Munich will have its own mobility department in the new year, the new mobility committee in the city council met for the first time this Wednesday. The city hopes from the new authority and the assigned committee in the town hall that improvements can be implemented more quickly and acute problems can be solved. Because so far, several units have been dealt with each decision. And with the new distribution of power in the town hall with a green-red majority, it is to be expected that the long-targeted traffic turnaround will now be tackled with vigor.

Mayor Katrin Habenschaden (Greens) emphasized the importance of the new committee at the beginning of the meeting, which was initially a joint meeting with the planning committee. There is an urgent need for action, she said, regardless of political color. The aim is to make people mobile again, the expansion of local public transport, the implementation of the cycling decision and the redistribution of the street space are very important. In this transformation phase, one must also think of those who cannot do without a car – for example, craftsmen and people who are restricted in their mobility. It is important “that we do not play off modes of transport against each other, but rather discuss the best solutions,” said Habenschaden. One could discuss, “gladly argue, but always focus on the matter”.

And there will be arguments, especially when it comes to the bike decision. As is well known, 90,000 Munich residents signed up for a comprehensive network of wide cycle paths last year, and another 70,000 signed for the so-called Altstadt-Radlring. While the two large parliamentary groups from the Greens / Pink List and SPD / Volt, together with the ÖDP and Free Voters, are pushing ahead with implementation, the conservative opposition around the CSU is primarily concerned about the welfare of motorists.

Because the new direction in transport policy looks like this: The cars should consistently be taken away from space in favor of cycle paths, but also for bus lanes. The new government coalition has stopped the tunnel projects on Tegernseer Landstrasse, Landshuter Allee and Schleißheimer Strasse. The Greens are even very open to a city toll for all motorized vehicles, which the Ifo Institute recently proposed under the name of “anti-traffic jam fee”, while the coalition partner SPD is very open to it because of the social aspects that such a Fee would bring with it, rather skeptical. The CSU only said on the subject that there was no legal basis for it, and Lord Mayor Dieter Reiter (SPD) let know about the city toll, before thinking about something like that, it had to be ensured that the local public transport was also efficient, which one was intensively looking at work.

The efficient public transport system in Munich is one of those things: this is where questions of faith come together. At the end of last year, the CSU put together a package of applications in which it called for a massive underground expansion, in addition to the initial plans for the new U9, which, however, will not come before the end of the 2030s – just like the U5 in the new one Freiham settlement area. After all, work is already underway on the extension of the U5 to Pasing, the first trains should start rolling here from 2028, incidentally the same year in which the second main S-Bahn line is to be inaugurated.

In the planning department, there are already visions for new underground lines, for example to Solln, Planegg, Germering, Heimstetten, Dachau or Ottobrunn, an underground rail link between Freiham and Moosach and an underground ring closure in the north. But the problem is that the subway can only solve traffic problems in the long term. The expansion of the tram network could bring faster relief, but here the Christian Socials have regularly resisted in the past and, for example, only approved the tram west bypass and the tram through the Englischer Garten after long resistance.

The tram, on the other hand, is a favorite project of the Greens. Last year, for example, they proposed a tram connection from the main train station through Barer Strasse to Münchner Freiheit, three new inner-city crossings in a north-south direction, or a southern tramway from Aidenbachstrasse to Ostbahnhof.

This will be taken care of in the future by the mobility department, for which the Greens have the right to make proposals. So the signs are good for an expansion of the tram. But because this also requires longer planning and construction times, only an expanded and accelerated bus network and better infrastructure for bicycles are possible for very fast solutions. In these two points, drivers in Munich are faced with a painful sacrifice if parking spaces and lanes are eliminated across the city. But in the redistribution of the street space, Green-Red – unlike the CSU – sees the implementation of the will of the voters. One would have expected the first big dispute on Wednesday, when the committee was about to implement the bike decision. But it was postponed to the next full assembly of the city council. Andreas Schuster, spokesman for bicycle politics in the SPD parliamentary group, expects a “heated discussion”. This assessment could be an understatement.

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