Train – what’s next after a 9 euro ticket? – Business

Berlin (dpa) – In the discussion on cheaper tickets for buses and trains, the German district association is against further rebate campaigns. “It would not be a sustainable investment,” said President Reinhard Sager (CDU).

Local public transport (ÖPNV) fares are not too expensive compared to the cost of your own car. Additional subsidies are not necessary.

A monthly ticket of 9 euros for public transport is available for the last time in August. The three-month campaign aimed to support commuters in the face of high energy prices and to promote the transition from cars to buses and trains.

Cancellation of Lindner for an extension

Finance Minister Christian Lindner (FDP) confirmed today the rejection of the extension. That said, user fees are essential for meaningful control. Free is not better. “We need limited tax resources to invest in network infrastructure.” Lindner faced criticism when he spoke of a “free mentality” in the debate.

The German Society for the Environment and Nature Conservation accused Lindner of mocking people who use taxes to finance company cars for better earners and the construction of the highway. More bus and rail lines with shorter intervals are needed, especially in rural areas, to attract more people to public transport. “To this end, the 9 euro ticket requires an additional offer and the public transport service requires significant improvements.”

According to Berlin mayor Franziska Giffey (SPD), the 9 euro ticket was a great success and really relieved many people. Supports a follow-up solution and thus opposes the Federal Finance Minister.

Referring to Lindner’s statements that taxpayers would cut 10.1 billion euros amid rising prices in the coming year and rising child benefits, Giffey said: “The question is whether – if you do more and more of the same – then Entries help everywhere people need aid, ”said an SPD politician on Welt TV. “If I raise Child Benefit again, it’s nice for those who get it. But again, you don’t have older people with you, you don’t have pensioners, and you don’t have students with you.

Giffey was in favor of introducing a tax on excess profits. “If some people here are just excessively profiting from this crisis situation, then maybe I would say: maybe you can’t lower the tax, but rather raise the tax?”

The 365 euro annual pass is also a problem

The managing director of the association Antje von Broock supports the idea of ​​an annual ticket for 365 euros. Federal funds are also needed for the massive expansion of supply. “Only in this way will traffic be able to meet its climate targets at all.” The district council also called for public transport outside the big cities to be “an alternative to mobility suitable for everyday use”.

According to the Association of German Transport Companies, around 38 million tickets for € 9 were sold nationwide from the start of sales in late May to Monday inclusive. In addition, about ten million subscribers received a corresponding discount every month.

“Too little staff, especially too few vehicles”

“The 9-euro ticket showed the problems in regional traffic through a magnifying glass,” said Ralf Damde, head of the general works council of DB Regio, the German editorial network (RND / Tuesday). “There are not enough staff, and especially too few vehicles, to absorb future passenger growth,” he said. “The federal government has to finance a central vehicle pool that is equipped with at least 300 vehicles and is located at several locations in Germany.”

Chairman of the General Works Council of DB Station & Service, Heike Moll, is in favor of the round table. Rejects the direct continuation of the 9 euro ticket: “First we need a month or two for us to sort and evaluate. What went well, where did the problems arise? ”Said Moll RND. She is glad that people want to travel by train again. Now, however, everyone involved, from federal and state governments to railroad companies and unions, would have to sit down and “discuss what can be done,” says Moll.

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