These are the plans on time after the 9 euro ticket

Until the end of August, passengers can use local and regional transport in Germany for EUR 9 per month. If a lot of people get their way, things just won’t go back to the status quo in the next time. Federal Transport Minister Volker Wissing (FDP) wants to achieve a lasting simplification of the tariff system in local public transport. This should make it easier to use public transport.

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Wissing wants to change local and regional transport

When the complicated tariff zones disappear and tickets are valid throughout the country, public transport will be used much more often. So we should finally find ways to end the tariff jungle in Germany“Explained Wissing” Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung “.

With this proposal, Wissing was approved by local authorities and associations. However, there are conditions. For example, the German Town Association pointed to the funding gaps despite general approval. The CEO of the city’s umbrella organization, Helmut Dedy, agrees with the initiative: “Public transport needs to become more attractive, cities support a simpler tariff system.

For this reason, the Union of Cities also welcomes the will of the Federal Minister of Transport to talk to the federal states and local public transport operators about a ticket valid throughout Germany. However, this is not an easy undertaking. One prerequisite is “simultaneous offsetting of significantly increased costs in the field of energy and personnel”. Christian Bernreiter (CSU), Bavaria’s transport minister, stressed that clearing the German tariff jungle without making any money available is unrealistic.

The 9 euro ticket created extra traffic

The Pro Bahn passenger association also welcomed Wissing’s initiative and criticized the complicated tariff structure of local transport. Pro Bahn’s Andreas Schröder therefore said the transport minister’s plans were “to be welcomed”. He considers the inertia of regional transport unions to be a problem.

According to Schröder, it has been shown that the 9 euro ticket has also created recreational traffic in recent weeks that would not have happened compared to the times without a 9 euro ticket. The main affected areas are routes of interest to tourists and routes where regional trains run parallel to long-distance traffic. A € 9 successor model should be developed with the assumption that no additional traffic will be generated.

No ticket extension 9 euros

Wissing himself described the 9-euro ticket as a “brilliant success”. This is the best railroad transportation idea for a long time. According to the Association of German Transport Companies (VDV), around 21 million special tickets were sold throughout Germany at the end of June. In addition to this number, 10 million subscribers automatically use the special ticket. “We have noticeably less traffic on the roads, much less traffic jams. Apparently, many have switched from cars to buses and trains”Continues Wissing.

Despite the success, it currently seems impossible to extend the offer. “However, it is clear to everyone (…) that the federal government cannot permanently finance a monthly ticket for 9 euros. That would be around ten billion euros a yearWissing said. Put it in context: the reform of company car tax alone could bring the German tax authorities tax revenues of up to EUR 42 billion a year. There is therefore a suspicion that a fixed ticket for 9 euros would also be available to the state if it wanted to concentrate on local transport. For federal finance minister Christian Lindner (FDP), however, the matter is clear: in late June, he spoke out against a € 9 ticket extension.

29 euro ticket as an alternative

However, there are currently different models that are expected to make local and regional transport easier and cheaper once the € 9 ticket has expired. For example, consumer centers have brought the idea of ​​a € 29 ticket into the game. It would be almost the same model – only the price would be higher. On the other hand, Verkehrsclub Deutschland (VCD) has developed a concept called Länder-Plus-Ticket. The current tariff jungle would then be replaced by eight metropolitan areas, some of which would overlap. Subscriptions in these large areas would then cost between 30 and 75 euros per month.

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