BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – The 9 euro bus and train ticket is like traveling by train: does it work with a change? A special campaign to help millions of passengers in an energy crisis is already halfway through. It runs until the end of August. What’s next? The debate on making local public transport more attractive is in full swing – even if the results need to be more carefully assessed and politicians only want to clarify further systemic issues in the fall. The models are on the table. However, with a hassle-free follow-up offer, this should be difficult.
According to federal transport minister Volker Wissing, the connection would be possible at the end of the year or early 2023. Ticket data should be available in early November, which should help in the assessment – said the FDP politician. German Press Agency. “What role does price play? What role does ease of use or national validity play? ” It will be about such questions. “There is a lot of speculation, but you don’t really know. That is why we need the results of the evaluation. “
Preliminary results from the federal, state and industrial sectors are fairly unanimous. The ticket is “a huge success,” said Wissing. “We sold 21 million tickets in addition to 10 million subscribers. Public transport has not seen this in a long time. Among the 31 million users, there are many commuters, but also day trippers. Less than 0.1 percent of the trains were so busy that security guards had to intervene. Passenger numbers have returned to pre-crown levels.
There have never been such special conditions nationwide: for 9 euros a month you can board all regional and local buses and trains throughout Germany in June, July and August – much cheaper than the normal monthly tickets, which also only apply in the regional network apply. The campaign should also encourage drivers to think about society at all. What makes ticket buyers happy, however, costs the federal government an additional 2.5 billion euros over three months to compensate for the loss of income of transport companies.
If the old tariffs go into effect soon and nothing else changes, it will be a pretty strong brake. There are already some suggestions:
– Extension: Due to high gas prices, the Left Party called for an extension of the ticket for EUR 9 until the end of the year. Green Youth is even campaigning for a permanent ticket for 9 euros. According to Wissing, the costs would be just over a billion euros a month outside of pandemic conditions.
– Ticket 29 euro: Consumer advice points offered an easy-to-book ticket for buses and trains in local transport for a monthly price of 29 euro – i.e. for about 1 euro per day: money, and also give the necessary impetus to change the traffic. “
– € 69 ticket: The Association of German Transport Companies offers a nationwide public transport climate ticket for € 69 per month as a permanent offer that will be available from September 1st. However, unlike the 9 euro ticket, it would not automatically apply to subscribers. Cost for the state: two billion euros a year.
– 365 euro ticket: There has been a long discussion about the 365 euro annual ticket, ie one euro per day, which is available in Austria. Environmental organization Greenpeace warned that Wissing should not jeopardize the success of the € 9 ticket with a break. Full continuation until the end of the year, and then from 2023 onwards, a “climate ticket” for a maximum of EUR 1 per day would have to come.
Wissing does not want to commit to disbanding the successor just yet. “We need a model that fits the budgets of the federal states as well as the budget of the federal government.” It was also agreed with the Länder that the results of the joint working group on the overall future and financing of public transport should be available in the autumn.
The deputy head of the SPD faction, Detlef Müller, sees the most important statement of the 9-euro ticket that the offer must not only be cheap, but above all simple. At best: “Get in, drive, get out – no matter when, no matter where. All with one ticket, ”said dpa. Any further offer should do so as well. And it is clear that public transport at virtually zero tariffs cannot be financed. “Price incentives must not come at the expense of the functioning and development of public transport.”
Wissing said: “It’s not that the lowest price is always the most rewarding. If the performance behind it isn’t right, it doesn’t make sense for someone to drive for one euro, but the clocks don’t match. ‘ He is also targeting the tariff jungle. “We have a lot of train stations, some of which have several ticket machines that no one really understands.” / Sam / DP / ngu