The Ruhr - district
has got a closed system of highways, perhaps you know the
German word "autobahn". The roads are often filled
up. The eldest tracks were built in the 1930s.
But the narrowness of our region complicates the construction
of wide roads. The density of motor - cars (the number of
persons who devide a car statistically) is relatively small
at all in the Ruhr- district, but the parking places in
the towns are barely sufficient.
And so the wheels and the public local traffic are being
more advanced for a few years. Today everywhere new whell
tracks are build, during they often were abolished in the
1960s and surrogated by parking places for cars. But the
situation is stil unsufficient. Wheel riders are endangered
in the streets, and if they use foot ways, they ´ll
But also the
passengers of the German Federal Railroad have to live with
filled up trains. The local traffic trains haven´t
got own tracks in the Ruhr - district and have to pay regard
to the long - distance - traffic, and so they are often
People discuss the sense of the building of subways in the
Ruhr - district. A big part of the quite more cheaper tramways
had been closed in the last decades and was surrogated by
bus - lines. In former times you could go by tram from Unna
(in the east), via Dortmund, Essen; Duisburg; Duesseldorf
and Cologne up to Bonn Bad Godesberg.
building of magnetic railroads is also discussed in a controversial
way. Is the magnetic railroad a senseful transportation or
only an object of prestige?
Some people like inniovation in the ruhr - district. The old
tramway track was surrogated by an omnibus track. But some
bus tracks have been closed in the meanwhile at all...
find omnibusses also in the subway tunnel.
A big succes for the development of the public local traffic
was the introduction of the Verkehrsverbundes Rhein Ruhr (transportation
alliance Rhine Ruhr) at Jan. 1th 1980. Since that day you
can use all vehicles in our region with one ticket. But in
Berlin there was such an organisation already in the 1920s.
Sometimes the Ruhr - ditrict is a little bit slow...
But at the end of the chapter you may enjoy some picture of
the old schedule of the Bochum Gelsenkirchen´s tramway
corporation of 1965.
Reproduction with friendly
allowance of the Bochum Gelsenkirchen´s tramway corporation