As of 07/22/2022 09:25
In the debate about the next ticket offer for EUR 9, the local transport industry is calling for an extension of the current offer by two months. This gives politicians time to find a lasting solution.
The local transport industry is campaigning to extend the € 9 ticket for a further two months. “We need a quick successor solution,” said Oliver Wolff, CEO of the Association of German Transport Companies (VDV), “Süddeutsche Zeitung”. “It would be best to extend the campaign for another two months as a temporary solution.
The ticket could still be valid in September and October, thus relieving citizens from high energy prices, Wolff emphasized. Introduced in June, 9 euro tickets are still valid in July and August and allow one-month train journeys throughout the country and local and regional buses – for only 9 euro per month.
“People shouldn’t fall into the hole”
The debate about the successor to the regulation after the 9 euro ticket has been going on for some time. According to Wolff, the temporary solution of two months may give politicians and the industry time to develop a permanent offer for a nationwide public transport ticket. He called on federal and state governments to rally quickly: “People shouldn’t fall into the hole in late August.” After all, energy prices are still high.
Transport Minister Volker Wissing announced this week that he believes another offer is possible from the end of the year or early 2023. He wants to wait until the beginning of November for the data on the ticket that will help in the assessment. At the moment, there are still many unanswered questions. However, it was too late for a resolution by January 1, 2023, President VDV Wolff warned. In view of the enormous demand for more than 31 million tickets sold in June alone, further regulations are called for to ease the burden on households in the face of high inflation and to promote improved transport conditions.
Recently, VDV offered a ticket for 69 euros valid nationwide. Politicians could lower this monthly price “for socio-political reasons – for the duration of the war, for example – to EUR 29 or 39 for the needy,” Wolff explained to SZ. The Federal Ministry of Transport reacted cautiously. The ministry said that there is an ongoing procedure for advising on the future and financing of local transport.
The question of financing
Wissing does not consider the federal government responsible for the successor of the € 9 ticket, which the state is subsidizing this summer with around € 2.5 billion. Instead, responsibility for further action rests with the Länder. “Public transport and the structure of tariffs are a matter for the Länder, not for the federal government,” an FDP politician told the ARD magazine this morning. This is what the constitution provides.
The question of how things might go on after a withdrawal is primarily about funding. The federal states must see the federal government on board. A continuation, especially with the socially classified ticket, will only be possible with a massive increase in regionalization funds by the federal government, said Maike Schaefer, chairman of the conference of transport ministers, Bremen senator recently. dpa. In accordance with the Regionalization Act, it is responsible for financing local public transport.
According to the transport company, the industry will be able to offer a climate ticket for 69 euros from September. The annual additional costs would be around two billion euros. This year, these costs can still be financed as part of the negotiated rescue package. Alternative offers are an annual pass for 365 euros or a monthly pass for 29 euros.