In the debate about the financing of a follow-up regulation for the so-called nine-euro ticket, the districts warned against underfunding of the transport companies.
“We mustn’t clean up the horse from behind. Tariffs alone cannot compensate for an inadequate offer. Experience with the nine-euro ticket shows that expanding the offer is more important than a very cheap ticket”,
warned the President of the German District Association (DLT), Reinhard Sager, in a conversation with the Rheinische Post. In view of the massive increase in energy costs, the funds provided by the federal government would not be sufficient “to finance the existing local transport system”.
According to Sager, the market prices for construction work, personnel and energy costs have risen “dramatically”. “Therefore, one must not risk liquidity bottlenecks or even operational closures at the transport company. If this does not succeed, there is a risk of restrictions or even cancellations in the offer.” In order for that not to happen, Sager continues, “more money in the system” is necessary. The current debate has been going the wrong way for weeks, criticized the DLT President.
At a special conference this Monday, the federal and state transport ministers will discuss a possible successor model to the nine-euro ticket in local public transport. After the unexpected success of the ticket, the traffic light coalition advocated a successor to the nationwide ticket at the beginning of September. It wants to provide 1.5 billion euros for this. However, only if the federal states participate in the same amount. According to calculations by the specially appointed commission of experts, the monthly price for such a ticket would be between 49 and 69 euros. However, more has not yet been clarified. The ministers want to provide information on the results at a press conference after the conference.
But the debate is increasingly moving into a dead end. Because of the high energy costs, the federal states have been demanding additional funds from the federal government for local public transport for weeks. “The ticket is of no use to people if there is no offer that they can use,” said North Rhine-Westphalian Transport Minister Oliver Krischer (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen). Editorial Network Germany (RND). Instead, overall financing is needed that also includes the expansion of public transport. The ministers are therefore demanding an additional 1.65 billion euros from the federal government to compensate for the costs.
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