A monthly ticket for 49 euros has been in operation throughout Germany since May 1, allowing you to travel by local transport – buses, trams, underground – as well as local and regional trains. More than three million people have already bought a new ticket for May, according to the association of German transport companies (VDV). The Deutschlandticket is recognized as a continuation of the €9 regional and local rail monthly ticket.
“Have a good trip with your Deutschlandticket! I am delighted with the great interest in this important modernization project. It is a simple and affordable offer that makes public transport more attractive and helps us meet our climate goals,” wrote the Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Twitter on Monday morning.
Up to 16 million out of 84 million inhabitants may be interested in a new ticket German – estimates VDV.
Deutschlandticket as a continuation of the €9 ticket
The Deutschlandticket program is subsidized by the federal budget and state authorities. Agreeing on a mechanism for its financing was the subject of months of debate and delayed the introduction of the new ticket.
The main objective of the program is to encourage passengers to use public transport, which is supposed to have a positive impact on the environment, and to make it more affordable to bring relief in times of growing inflation.
The Deutschlandticket is seen as a continuation of the €9 regional and local rail monthly ticket introduced in summer 2022. This offer, valid for June, July and August, was used by 52 million passengers, and the interest exceeded the capabilities of the carriers, reminds the AFP agency.
Concerns of environmentalists
We expect demand to grow, but gradually. It will not suddenly happen on May 1, this is different from last year when the €9 ticket was valid for only three months, said Evelyn Palla from Deutsche Bahn’s board of directors. She added that the greatest interest in Deutschlandticket should be expected in large agglomerations with a dense public transport network.
Environmental organizations are concerned that the new ticket may not convince too many people to permanently switch from cars to buses and trains, notes the dpa agency.
The low price of the ticket is only one of the factors, a good offer and regular connections are also important, ecologists point out.
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