Bahn – Hamburg – Senate on the nationwide regulation of the successor of the 9 euro – economy ticket

Hamburg (dpa / lno) – In a discussion about the successor to the regulation for the € 9 ticket that expires at the end of the month, the red-green Hamburg Senate chooses a nationwide solution. “I want local public transport to be easy to use, low-threshold, to offer the topic digitally, and then we have a ticket that works in two steps,” said Transport Senator Anjes Tjarks (the Greens) on Tuesday in Hamburg. One tier applies to ordinary payers, the other to benefit recipients or children. He did not mention the specific ticket prices, but underlined: “We need a single German-wide flat rate for local public transport.”

A ticket for EUR 9 is a special offer to help millions of passengers in the energy crisis. The promotion expires at the end of the month. When it comes to Hamburg itself, Hamburger Verkehrsverbund (HVV) is not currently planning a € 9 renewal, but would like to take a positive momentum, HVV managing director Anna-Theresa Korbutt said. That’s why, for the first time in history, HVV is offering a contest with 999 full-time annual subscriptions for € 9 per month. Tickets are valid from October 1, 2022 to September 30, 2023 for the entire HVV area. Anyone can participate.

According to Transport Senator Tjarks, the 9 euro ticket alone is a complete success. In addition to the low price, it offers very easy access to local public transport due to its nationwide importance. All the sometimes complicated tariff systems have been eliminated. “You can also say on behalf of the Transport Minister FDP (Volker Wissing) that we have achieved a tremendous increase in personal freedom.” Korbutt stressed that the EUR 9 ticket saved four to five million car journeys a month in and around Hamburg.

31 million tickets were sold nationwide in June, July and August, 1.8 million of which in Hamburg alone, Tjarks said. In addition, there are 680,000 subscribers in the Hanseatic city whose monthly tickets have been automatically recalculated. “This means that almost every second person on the network has the right ticket.” More than half of the tickets have been sold digitally. Result: In June 2022, pre-Corona passenger numbers were surpassed for the first time in June 2019. “We are 100 percent back.” Only from May to June, the occupancy rate increased by 20 percent.

CDU leader Dennis Thering has again called for the permanent introduction of an annual ticket for 365 euros. “Use buses and trains for € 1 a day – the city of Vienna has long shown that it works and that as a result the share of buses and trains in the mobility mix has increased significantly,” said the opposition leader in Hamburg. Parliament. Only HVV can be the basis for environmentally friendly mobility, not a bicycle city. “In the context of the positive experience with the 9 euro ticket, the validity of local transport in Germany should be examined and the federal government should contribute to the financing,” said Thering.

SPD traffic expert Ole Thorben Buschhäuter said the mobility turnaround could only be successful with the strong expansion of local public transport. “Lower public transport tariffs must therefore not come at the expense of infrastructure and service development.” The federal government is responsible for funding.

Criticism of the transport senator came from FDP MP Anna von Treuenfels-Frowein. Rather than investing millions of euros in “bicycle-centered street conversion”, Tjarks should make better use of the money for HVV. “The transportation senator may eventually start a larger transportation association across the north. Instead, the Tjarks are nonchalantly announcing lotteries.” And he doesn’t seem to notice that in any major German city conventional monthly tickets are as expensive as in Hamburg. AfD leader Dirk Nockemann said passenger numbers speak for themselves. The € 9 ticket, however, cannot be financed long-term, “but only an ad hoc symbolic policy”.

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