MUNICH — (MunichNOW Editorial) — In the first half decade of the 21st century, the inhabitants of this fair burg took relish in saying Munich was a village of one point three million people. Some still try to hold on to this idea, but the numbers tell a different story. Munich has 1.5 million citizens now, and in three years another 100,000 will have arrived.
Businesses based in London have been actively scouting Frankfurt and Munich as possible cities to relocate to, because of their central location and large airports, if the Brits go ahead and Brexit, potentially increasing the growth numbers to even higher than those currently enjoyed.
It is for these reasons we applaud the ambitious plans for new trams and subways unveiled on Lord Mayor Dieter Reiter’s Facebook page recently. The will do much to alleviate some of the stress of transporting many people through Munich. In the comments section of Reiter’s post one can also see that there is no lack of arm-chair engineers within this fine city, who all believe that they have better solutions to the obvious problems. Only time will tell.
Upon looking at the plans we thought that they were both fair and effective, with one large caveat. The timeframe necessary to plan and build everything punctually as shown will take at least 20 years! If current trends continue, there would be another half million people in Munich by the time the first train rolls down the lines. The plans in this form simply do not go far enough, they constitute only a small section of what is really needed.
We here at MunichNow, agree with Reiter and the city, these improvements must be started post-haste. But they must also be a part of the solution, and not the only one.