Greenpeace: the climate ticket relieves households and the environment | Free press

Due to the rush to get a ticket for EUR 9, there is a debate about a transfer ticket. Greenpeace points to the great advantages of the “climate ticket” for the environment as well as for consumers’ wallets.

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The environmental association Greenpeace drew attention to the financial and ecological advantages of the climate ticket in local public transport. The permanent climate ticket is also the answer to two pressing problems: it visibly relieves households affected by the energy crisis and promotes climate protection in road traffic, according to Greenpeace traffic expert Marissa Reiserer.

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 Greenpeace newspaper investigated the consequences of a fixed ticket for 9 euros and a ticket for 365 euros a year. The combined costs of the different types of mobility were compared.

Accordingly, households can save between € 224 and € 474 per month on tickets – for example, compared to using the car only. At the same time, according to Greenpeace, a modal shift with such a ticket would reduce CO2 emissions by 2 to 6 million tonnes per year. According to the assumption, the climate ticket increases the incentive to cover longer distances on regional trains. Monthly fixed costs are included in the cost of owning a car, but also in e.g. car depreciation.

Financing through the abolition of subsidies

Greenpeace argued that a permanently cheap public transport ticket could be financed by the federal government, which in particular would cancel or alter climate-damaging subsidies. For example, it is necessary to abolish the company car tax credit and reform the tax credit for commuters.

The Association of German Transport Companies (VDV) voted on Thursday for a permanent ticket for 69 euros. The ticket should be valid throughout the country for public transport. The Federal Ministry of Transport reacted cautiously to the VDV’s proposal. Transport minister Volker Wissing (FDP) spokesman said Friday that a procedure had been agreed so that the results of the federal and state working group on the future and further financing of public transport should be available in the fall.

Wissing has made it clear on several occasions that he wants to talk first about local transport reforms and then about financial issues. Simpler tariff structures are a focal point for him.

What could the supplementary offer look like?

The Association of Cities and Communes also supports the proposals for a nationwide uniform and permanently cheap ticket for public transport. “Citizens are very interested in being able to use buses and trains throughout Germany without a maze of tariffs. The experience of the 9 euro ticket also shows this, ”said CEO Gerd Landsberg in the Funke media group newspaper. (Monday).

As another provision for the 9 euro ticket, the 365 euro annual ticket is being debated. CSU chief Markus Söder opted for such a ticket over the weekend, which should apply to all local public transport in Germany. Consumer centers recently offered a monthly ticket for € 29, a scale similar to that of Söder.

The German District Association was skeptical. “I do not believe in proposals for a € 9 ticket extension or further models, such as the 365 € annual ticket,” District Council President Reinhard Sager (CDU) told Funke. “A lot of government money has been burned that could have been more efficiently invested in time and equipment.” Landsberg also called for more funding to develop local transport. (dpa)

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