Barbel meister starts ranting just thinking about it. To the bus. Whenever the bus arrives from the direction of bischberg, which is far too often in her opinion, the sidewalk in front of her house fills up as if it were a pedestrian zone. Especially in the afternoons, when busy lectures begin on the erba campus, it's almost a bit like the sandkirchweih in gaustadt's main street, so crowded are the young people. Constant noise is not the only problem that the master and her daughter's family have had to contend with since october. Mull and other waste have also been towering over the garden fence lately. "We are fearful, almost traumatized. Nobody is interested in our case", says meister.
Who would doubt that a well-developed bus service is one of the indispensable assets of a city?? But there are also people who suffer from it. The fact that this is happening in gaustadt's hauptstrabe 121 in particular has to do with the previous history. The city council printed the stop on the residents' eyes two years ago because it saw no alternative but to place it in front of the beautiful grunderzeit house due to the construction of a turning lane towards erba island – despite the protests that were voiced.
Barbel meister, who is also obliged to clean the sidewalk, feels confirmed in her fears by the development of the university site: "we can't sleep at night anymore. The grandchildren will be distracted while doing their homework. The stop makes my house worth only half as much."
She is not alone. Daniela reinfelder, chairwoman of the burgerverein gaustadt, also complains that the location of the bus stop has not been discussed with either the owners or the burgerverein. "It's extremely unpleasant for everyone, including the students.", is reinfelder's conclusion. Her demand: the bus stop should be moved to the erba peninsula.
But as logical as this may seem at first glance, it is difficult to implement. The development plan for the new quarter, with 230 jobs, an influx of over 3,000 students a day and in future 1,000 residents, does not provide for a bus turnaround ramp. Public transport has to make a loop around the erba.
Nevertheless, peter scheuenstuhl, the head of transport, denies that the city has been surprised by the dynamic development of the quarter. On the contrary. From his point of view, the municipal utilities have reacted very flexibly to the increased demand and set up a shuttle bus line between the university locations feldkirchenstrabe and erba island. And also for the gaustadter hauptstrabe improvement is in sight. The use of starch buses, which leave a few minutes before the regular bus, is intended to prevent waiting times for large crowds of people. Moreover: from february on, the night bus line that runs after 8 pm will no longer stop at the house of meister, but on the opposite side of the street.
But the dispute over the 906 line is not the only grain of sand that is crunching in the gears of the new uni site. The massive increase in parking pressure also makes arger. Because the numerous residents and guests of the new quarter rarely drive into the underground parking garage, free parking spaces in the front part of gaustadt have become a scarce commodity. Rough designation of new licensed parking areas is already being considered.
But lost shortage the problem? Linus dietz of the business informatics student council confirms that the parking garage operated by stadtbau is mostly empty: "the underground garage costs 60 euros a month or one euro per hour, and there is no discount for students. I think with these outrageous prices it is no wonder that students try to park along gaustadter hauptstrabe."
In contrast to the public utility company, the student representative sees the two-hourly shuttle bus to feldkirchenstrabe as far from adequate. Because there is only one bus running at a time, many students are unable to reach their follow-up events on time if they have to change locations. "Especially for first-year students who have classes in the feldkirchenstrabe and for business informatics students who attend courses in business administration, this is an unreasonable demand. They depend on smooth commuter traffic."
University chancellor dagmar steuer-flieser is a bit more diplomatic: "the new line helps us a lot, but it still has room for improvement." It complains that the bus stops are too far away from the uni building. Delays are often unavoidable because students often only have 30 minutes to change locations. Your suggestion: the shuttle traffic should run via maria-ward-strabe in the direction of ziegelbau, where the students could get off the bus. This has significantly shortened the journey to get there. With this demand, tax-flieser admittedly touches on a political issue. The factions in the city council had assured the residents of the mayerschen gartnerei that no through traffic would go to the erba via maria-ward-strabe. "I feel bound by that", said mayor andreas stark on tuesday. (SPD.). For him, another solution would only be possible by consensus.