Photo: Klaus Halbe
Source: Universitätsarchiv Bielefeld, FOS 01173
In the early 1990s, the Student Group for Transport (Student Union) were already campaigning intensively for the introduction of a semester ticket for Bielefeld University, with which students could use public transport cheaply. In 1992, a semester ticket was issued for the area of VOW (transport association of East Westphalia-Lippe), which for the majority of students didn’t cover their entire journey to the University: The ticket only included Bielefeld and the district of Gütersloh.
This changed with the introduction of the OWL semester ticket. In summer 1993, the final contract was signed on a special train service, which attracted local media to the event. Interestingly, the introduction of the extended OWL-ticket was unprecedented in Germany. For the first time, a group of local public transport customers put together their own ticket.
Source: Universitätsarchiv Bielefeld, FOS 01172
As the city tram line 4 was only extended as far as the University in 2000, the bus service needed to be expanded. The Student Group for Transport (Student Union) organised an express bus route to the University, again proving its merit. At the end of 1993, it was awarded the City of Bielefeld’s Umweltpreis (environmental prize) for its work.
Article published in the Bielefeld University Newspaper (BUZ) on 16 June 1993 about the second student vote on the extended semester ticket, which was adopted after an overwhelming majority of students voted in favour of it.Quelle: Universitätsarchiv Bielefeld, DS 002