Aachen bus station - Aachen Bushof
|Aachen bus station|
View from the northeast of the bus station building
The Aachen bus station was originally just an asphalt surface on which the stops of the various bus routes were distributed. A modern bus station was built on this area and opened in autumn 1973.   The new bus station consists of a bus station building and stops in the adjacent streets, Peterstrasse and Kurhausstrasse. Under the elevated bus station building there are three bus platforms with seven stops, on the floors above there are offices that are occupied by the Aachen Adult Education Center, among others . Until 2016, the bus platforms were illuminated during the day using a heliostat system. There are shops between the bus platforms and Peterstraße, which house a newspaper shop and restaurants. The Couvenstrasse multi-storey car park is located below the bus station and has 534 parking spaces. 
The bus station has 12 stops that are served by a total of 55 bus routes, including 8 express bus and 9 night bus routes. The stops H.1 to H.7 are located under the building; the stops on Peterstraße are designated H.10 to H.13 and the stops on Kurhausstraße are designated H.14 and H.15.  In December 2012 new dynamic passenger information systems (DFI) from ASEAG were installed at the bus station. 
Half of the bus station building belongs to the city of Aachen, the other half of the shares in the building have been held by the Aachen investor Gerd Sauren since 2011, who acquired it from a Berlin company after the city waived its right of first refusal. 
Shortly after the opening of the bus station, the last line of the Aachen tram and the trolleybus line to Baesweiler were closed.
Aachen bus station is served by the following lines:
Current condition and remodeling plans
While the bus station building was considered modern in the 1970s, it is now often viewed as a construction sin .  A pedestrian underpass under Kurhausstrasse, which was built together with the bus station building, has been barricaded for decades. Rubbish collects in the stairs leading to this underpass on the side of Kurhausstrasse opposite the bus station.  In addition, attacks and fights regularly occur at the bus station at night.    The local press describes the bus station and its surroundings as a social hotspot .  
In the coalition agreement between the CDU and the Greens after the local elections in 2009 , an upgrade or demolition of the bus station was stipulated. In the spring of 2011, an expert opinion was commissioned to examine the necessity of the building and even to consider a complete relocation of the bus station.  In August 2011, the Aachen SPD demanded the installation of a 500-meter-long central island on Peterstrasse instead of the bus platform under the bus station building, but at the same time conceded high costs and the problem of long transfer routes.  In the plans for the campus railwaythe bus station was intended as the central intersection of the two projected tram lines.  A referendum on March 10, 2013, however, prevented the implementation of these plans. 
In 2013 the city commissioned an urban planning office for an inner city concept for 2022 . The planning office then announced that there would be "clear upheavals" at the bus station in the next ten years. An ideas competition should provide clues for how to proceed. The earliest possible start of construction was named in 2016. 
The election manifesto of the Aachen CDU for the 2014 local elections contained the declaration of the intention of a “fundamental redesign” of the bus station and a “relocation of the stops from inside the bus station to the street area”.  The SPD also called for a reorganization.  The Greens advocated demolishing the building and using the area freed up as a park. 
The ideas for the redesign in 2018 included a number of variants, from the demolition of the covered bus station to the demolition of the entire complex. Politicians have to agree with co-owner Gerd Sauren what should happen to the bus station. According to the city of Aachen, an “urban traffic feasibility study is being developed with the aim of relocating the buses from the ground floor of the complex”, with the aim of gaining space and then carrying out an urban planning competition for the site. 
In 2019 there was no improvement in the area around the station, which retailers complain. 
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