Transport companies offer a ticket of 69 euro from September | Free press

The 9-euro ticket is a huge success – so big that the discussion about the sequel is in full swing. However, after August it could be broadcast at a much higher price.

Berlin.

The Association of German Transport Companies (VDV) has opted for the fixed ticket for 69 euros as the successor to the 9 euros ticket.

The ticket is to be valid throughout the country in public transport. The successor’s bid also came from the SPD. First, however, there is a question of sustainable finance.

“Assuming that the public transport tariffs of transport unions will still be attractive to most passengers, we propose a nationwide public transport system for those who turned out to be the appropriate target group in market research – drivers who are willing to pay a climate ticket for 69 euros per month. as a single ticket in 2nd class, ”said Oliver Wolff, CEO of VDV, on Thursday night. Earlier this was reported by the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”.

Unlike the € 9 ticket, the € 69 ticket will not automatically apply to subscribers. Rather, passengers would have to consider which subscription suits them best.

“Industry has been able to offer such a climate ticket from September 1,” explained Wolff. “To do this, however, we needed a proper order from the politicians very quickly.” Wolff estimated the cost of such an offer at around two billion euros a year. This year, these costs could still be financed through a rescue package for transport companies negotiated with politicians. “We need a new regulation for the new year.”

In an interview with the German editorial network (Friday), the leader of the SPD parliamentary group, Detlef Müller, also supported the successor’s plan. “Whether a connection ticket costs 39, 49 or 69 euros is a secondary issue,” he said. “But it has to be in a context that has a psychological effect and is profitable for people to leave their cars at home.”

Müller proposed to develop a proposal to continue the ticket and its financing at the autumn conference of transport ministers. “I think it would be good if federal and state governments agreed to a permanent model in which states participate in a similar way to the Corona bailout.” The question of financing is more important than the question of when the new offer will be launched. “Because it is clear that the cheap ticket offer cannot be financed at the expense of the expansion and functioning of public transport.”

With a ticket of EUR 9, passengers can continue to travel in Germany on public transport for EUR 9 per month until the end of August. The three-month campaign aims to ease the burden on citizens. On the other hand, switching to buses and trains should become more attractive. (dpa)

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