According to Transport Minister Wissing, the 9 euro ticket is already “a huge success”. For an FDP politician, one conclusion should be drawn as a lesson from the experiment.
Berlin / Munich – After a limited-time € 9 ticket, Federal Transport Minister Volker Wissing wants to campaign for a sustainable simplification of the tariff system for local public transport.
“If the complicated tariff zones disappear and tickets are valid nationwide, local public transport will be used much more often,” said an FDP politician from the “Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung”. “So we should finally find a way to end the tariff jungle in Germany.”
Wissing wants to carefully evaluate the experiences
According to Wissing, the experience with the € 9 ticket, which is valid until the end of August, should first be carefully assessed. – Then we will draw the necessary conclusions from autumn – announced the minister. The most important lesson he learns from his enthusiasm for the € 9 ticket is ‘structural changes are needed’.
The purpose of the 9 euro ticket is to free people from high inflation and contribute to climate protection. It entitles buyers to travel all over Germany on local public transport in June, July and August at a price of EUR 9 per item.
The German Town Association welcomed the minister’s initiative in principle, but at the same time pointed to the funding gaps. The general manager of the city’s umbrella organization, Helmut Dedy, told a German news agency: “Public transport must become more attractive, cities support a simpler tariff system.”
City Day is therefore pleased that the Federal Minister of Transport now apparently wants to talk to the federal states and local public transport providers about tickets valid nationwide. However, it is not an easy undertaking, so “creative solutions” are required here. The condition is that “at the same time, to compensate for the significantly increased costs in the area of energy and personnel” and thus to secure stocks.
21 million special tickets
Wissing called the 9-euro ticket a “brilliant success” and “the best idea for rail transport in a very long time.” According to the Association of German Transport Companies (VDV), some 21 million special tickets had been sold nationwide by the end of June. Plus 10 million subscribers who automatically receive a discounted ticket. “We have noticeably less traffic, much less congestion,” said Wissing. “Apparently, many have switched from cars to buses and trains.”
According to the report, Wissing paid little attention to funding issues. “I understand that financing local public transport is a big challenge for the Länder,” he told the newspaper. “But it is also clear to everyone that the federal government cannot finance the 9 euro monthly ticket in the long run. That would be around ten billion euros a year, ”said the minister. “I can’t predict budget negotiations here.”
The 2021 coalition agreement between the SPD, the Greens and the FDP states that public transport should be improved. The traffic light coalition also stated: “We want an expansion and modernization pact in which federal, state and local governments agree, inter alia, for financing by 2030, including state and local government own shares, and a breakdown of federal funds, and we’ll discuss tariff structures. The funds for regionalization will be increased from 2022. ” Dedy warned that the obligations arising from the coalition agreement must now be fulfilled.
Bavaria’s Transport Minister Christian Bernreiter (CSU) said: “Clearing the tariff jungle without spending money on it is completely unrealistic.” In Bavaria, the matter is far from now. The 2030 public transport strategy will be unveiled later this year, along with an e-ticket that will allow passengers to travel all over Bavaria in line with the “one click – one ticket” principle.