What will be after the 9 euro ticket?
Berlin politicians demand clarity about the future of the road ticket model
Mon 08/01/22 | 06:24 | FROM
Too expensive and no solidarity – that was the verdict on the 9 euro ticket from the Federal Finance Minister Christian Lindner (FDP). After all, the driver is at a disadvantage. Lindner faces opposition from various sides of local politics. The wolf, Siebert
Since June, millions of Germans have been traveling the country cheaply on regional buses and trains. It is still possible until the end of August. It is primarily the federal government that pays for the offer. But Federal Finance Minister Christian Lindner (FDP) has already made it clear: at least his department does not want to further finance this ticket from the federal government as it works to the detriment of drivers who help finance the ticket for tax purposes but do not use it.
But the debate is in full swing. this Berlin Green Oda Hassepass puts pressure on the federal government to quickly decide on a replacement for the 9 euro ticket: “We have to do something to divert the traffic and soon decide on the next model for the 9 euro ticket. Anything else would be a huge step backwards. “
HassePASS: The successor model could be a 29 euro ticket
Of course, Hassepass has the inhabitants of Berlin and Brandenburg on his side. According to Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg (VBB), four million tickets were sold for EUR 9 in the region in June and July alone. There are also one million subscribers who can use their monthly or annual tickets as 9 euro tickets. As a successor to the Hassepass model, it offers a monthly ticket for 29 euros. This is supported by consumer centers in Germany.
The SPD prefers a ticket for 365 euros
this Berlin SPD on the other hand, there have been drums for years for the 365 euro annual pass per region and now also for the “climate ticket” with which you can travel all over the country – similar to Austria, where you also book other regions.
Sebastian Rüter from the Brandenburg SPD However, if the Austrian model is too complex, he wants it to be simpler: “First, a basic ticket for your own region, then one or a maximum of two additional stages, up to a national ticket. We have to get away from small states and away from about twenty different shipping associations. “
this FDP in Berlin does not commit to a successor model. It is important that you can easily book over fare limits and with all transport associations.
Better offer more important than price?
In fact, all sides are saying: in the debate, we need to look not only at the price but also at the offer. And that definitely needs to be improved, especially in the countryside. “Drivers will only switch to public transport if buses and trains are reliable, safe and punctual and the infrastructure is significantly expanded,” he says. AfD politician Daniel Münschke.
The 9-euro ticket put the theme of “cheap travel in Germany” on the political agenda. This is the start of a “price revolution,” he says Berlin to the left. But: Train travel is not available for free, and everyone is agreeing to it, from the parties to the railroads. Oliver Friederici of the Berlin CDU therefore believes that the federal government has a duty: “The coalition must have a unified position on how to finance it.”
Everyone is looking at the covenant
Cheap ticket plus investments – who should pay for it? Infrastructure investments in particular cost a lot of money. “Not fundable,” says the federal finance minister. But there are already ideas: more diesel fuel, elimination of subsidies for company cars, raising parking fees or even introducing companies using good public transport connections – as in France. Kristian Ronneburg from the Berlin left wants to orientate itself to Spain: “There, free public transport is financed by an excessive tax on profits.” However, it is a tax that is currently not politically enforced in Germany.
The federal government is also considering a nationwide “climate ticket” and is looking for a price that can be paid by as many people as possible. In fact, Germany already has a ticket like this, the “Bahncard 100”. But it costs around 4,100 euros a year. And only a few can afford it. The federal government will probably come up with its own proposal at the turn of the year.
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