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German transport ministry calls for funding to strengthen public transport

In Berlin, the new tram extension to Turmstraße is currently under construction I © UTM

From 2 August, interested transport companies and authorities as well as cities, districts and municipalities can apply for funding for innovative model projects in public transport. The Federal Ministry of Digital Affairs and Transport (BMDV) has published a call for funding under the funding programme “Model Projects to Strengthen Public Transport”, which is part of the implementation of the Federal Government’s Climate Protection Programme 2030.

The funding guideline is intended to support local public transport projects that sustainably reduce CO2 emissions in the transport sector by providing a more attractive offer

Federal Minister Dr Volker Wissing: “We want to strengthen public transport in the competition between transport modes and make it more attractive. My goal is to work with the federal states and municipalities to sustainably strengthen public transport across the board – with attractive, modern services that also take advantage of the opportunities offered by digitalisation. With the new funding call, we want to promote innovative concepts and creative implementation ideas and put them into practice. For this purpose, we are providing 150 million euros until 2025.

Among others, the following are funded:

  • Measures to improve the quality of services and operations (e.g. increasing frequency, expanding lines, developing on-demand services, acceleration measures, linking with other means of transport),
  • Measures to network information and distribution systems (e.g. mobility platforms and their linking, check-in/check-out systems) and
  • Further measures (e.g. marketing and public relations, expansion of information and orientation services for people with disabilities).

To ensure that the projects have a chance to cover as much of the country as possible, the call for proposals has two funding priorities. Funding line I “Rural Regions” focuses on projects in rural areas, while funding line II “Urban Regions” targets projects in urban regions. The total amount of funding requested for model projects in funding line I must be at least 8 million euros. For model projects in funding line II, the total funding amount should generally be at least 15 million euros. The federal funding quota is up to 80 percent.

The current funding programme offers transport companies and transport authorities many opportunities for operational, technical, intermodal and infrastructural investments I © UTM

Regional authorities, transport associations and public and private transport companies are eligible to apply. In the case of municipal enterprises without legal personality, the respective municipality is entitled to apply. The granting authority is the Federal Office for Goods Transport (BAG). In a first step, project outlines can be submitted via the eService portal until 9 September 2022:

Access via: https://www.bag.bund.de/DE/Foerderprogramme/OEPNV/oepnv_node.html

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