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Use local transport as much as you want for a whole month for 9 euros: That sounded tempting to many people. And so the 9-euro ticket in the summer of this year ensured full platforms throughout Germany. With the 49-euro ticket, a successor is now in the starting blocks – but is the ticket threatening to fail?

The Düsseldorf state government and the large NRW transport organizations are divided on the subject of the 49-euro ticket. The industry fears failure. “I’m cautiously optimistic,” said NRW Transport Minister Oliver Krischer (Greens).

49-euro ticket in NRW: Financing important

According to the “Rheinische Post”, Krischer assumes that the federal government will provide sufficient funds. This is how the ticket is to be financed and at the same time local transport is to be kept stable despite rising costs. Krischer: “There has to be a solution, any failure would be a catastrophe for sustainable mobility.”

As Gabriele Matz, spokeswoman for the board of the VRR, emphasizes, we are “very open-minded” about a successor to the 9-euro ticket. However, local public transport cannot grow without sufficient funding. “If the 49-euro ticket came, many commuters who left us during the Corona crisis would come back on the trains,” emphasizes Frederik Ley, head of DB Regio in NRW.

49-euro ticket in NRW: It should be made easy for users

According to Krischer, the 49-euro ticket is only part of an overall strategy. Smaller towns should get better connections to local public transport. A better linking of cars, two-wheelers or car sharing with S-Bahn or regional trains should also be sought. This should encourage commuters to use public transport more often.

The 49-euro ticket should primarily be based on digitization. It should only be bookable with the smartphone. “Many people were deterred by the public transport that they had to do a collective high school diploma before they could be on the road,” said Krischer. “The success of the 9-euro ticket was as revolutionary for the industry as the fall of the Berlin Wall. What matters now is to create added value for people.”

Staff shortages must also be prevented. For example, 25 percent of the staff at the Cologne transport company would retire by 2030, writes the “Rheinische Post”.

Source: Derwesten

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