The 9-euro ticket, bought millions of times, made it possible to travel across Germany in the summer months. A successor is now being discussed.
Federal and state governments are struggling to find a successor to the 9-euro tickets for local transport. One ticket is valid for 49
euros per month as a possible option. However, no decision has yet been made. Financing problems have not been resolved. It is an open question whether there will be an agreement on Wednesday and Thursday during the consultations between the transport ministers of the federal states and the federal minister Volker Wissing (FDP) in Bremerhaven.
The chairman of the heads of the state department, Bremen senator Maike Schaefer (Greens), told the German news agency that most states had spoken in advance in a working group for a possible 49-euro ticket. . It was also discussed when and how such a ticket could be made viable.
The conference will also deal with an urgent increase in regionalization funds and federal co-financing for high energy prices. “A cheap ticket valid throughout Germany has no financial relief effect for people or for the turnaround of traffic and thus for the climate if federal states were to close routes and cancel services in the future for lack of funds, “said Schaefer.
A paper on key issues from a conference working group states that the ticket should be available at the start for the price of 49 euros as an annual pass. This starting price leads to a high percentage of new customers and has a strong impact on the climate. The ticket must be valid nationwide. The newspaper was made available to the German press agency, before the “Rheinische Post” and the portal “The Pioneer” talked about it. According to information from the Dpa, there is still no agreement at the highest level on a 49-euro ticket or another model.
Federal states typically want more money from the federal government to finance local transportation due to rising energy costs. In mid-September they had decided not to decide on a successor until the federal government responded to their requests with an offer.
The Länder want an increase in the so-called regionalization funds of € 1.5 billion from this year onwards. With this federal government money, federal states order rail and bus services from transportation providers. Additionally, the federal government will increase funding in 2022 and 2023 by € 1.65 billion each due to rising energy prices.
Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) and federal state heads of government failed to agree on financial matters last week. The traffic light coalition had agreed to give an extra 1.5 billion euros per year for a permanent local transport ticket nationwide if federal states contribute at least the same amount. The goal is a price between 49 and 69 euros per month. Normally this year from Berlin comes funds for the regionalization of 9.4 billion euros, plus another billion from another pot.
The associations invited the conference of transport ministers to find a solution. “The federal and state governments have promised people a later ticket and now they must finally deliver on their promise,” said Dirk Flege, managing director of the Pro-Rail Alliance.
“People want a nationally valid business climate ticket, and the three-month 9-euro ticket proved that,” said Jürgen Resch, Federal Director of German Environmental Aid. Like the environmental organization Greenpeace earlier, it asked for a later ticket for 29 euros. The railway and transport union (EVG) has asked for more staff and new trains in the “Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland” (Wednesday).