Munich to double transport spend in 2014

Munich’s public transport authority (MVG) is to invest more than twice as much in improving public transport in the city in 2014.

MVG announced that €335 million would be spent on rail and bus projects in the coming year, with the majority of the funds – €175 million – expected to go towards the procurement of new vehicles.

Tram and metro services in the city will receive the largest chunk of investment. As well as funding new C2 trainsets, which are already being delivered by Siemens, there are plans to procure additional subway cars.

MVG will also continue to develop Munich’s tram system. Around €32 million will be used to finance the new Avenio vehicles and deliver a further tender for new rolling stock.

The authority said €90 million will be spent on technology and infrastructure in 2014.

Around €23 million will be invested in redeveloping Marienplatz station and €20 million will be spent on metro and tram track renewals. MVG also plans to start work on a new €4 million depot to maintain Munich’s new C2 metro trains.