Transport Minister: the end of the tariff jungle in public transport | Free press

According to Federal Transport Minister Wissing, the € 9 ticket is already “a huge success”. For an FDP politician, one conclusion should be drawn as a lesson from the experiment.


After a limited-time EUR 9 ticket, Federal Transport Minister Volker Wissing wants to campaign for a permanent simplification of the local public transport charging system. “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.”

The experience with the € 9 ticket, which is valid until the end of August, should therefore first be carefully assessed. “From the fall we will then draw the necessary conclusions,” announced Wissing. 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.

“Noticeably less traffic on the roads”

Wissing called the ticket a “brilliant success” and “the best railroad transport idea in a 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.” (dpa)

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