Status: 05/05/2022 5:24 PM
A planned ticket of €9 for local transportation should come on June 1. The Federal States Ministers of Transportation agreed to this at their conference. But they are also demanding more money from the federal government.
All 16 federal states say yes to the €9 ticket for June, July and August. The current chair of the Conference of Transport Ministers, Senator Bremen on Mobility Mike Schaefer, was able to report at the closing press conference: “We want to do everything we can to ensure that it is available to citizens and passengers on June 1st.”
It is also clear for the federal states: the federal government must bear all costs. Federal Transport Secretary Volker Wessing sees no problem with that. 2.5 billion euros plus income from the nine-euro ticket should suffice: “This is a well-measured compensation at a fixed price for these three months.”
Countries demand another 1.5 billion euros
However, this does not mean that all financial issues have been resolved. Because: The potential success of the €9 ticket must be sustainable, says the Bremen-Schaeffer mobility senator: “We cannot imagine that people can enjoy public transport for three months and then not be able to maintain the quality or have to They have to increase tariffs because these important means of regionalization do not exist.”
Localization funds – the sticking point in the Conference of Ministers of Transport. This is the money that federal states receive from the federal government to fund domestic passenger rail transportation. The federal states are asking for an additional 1.5 billion euros. And they should come this year, says North Rhine-Westphalia’s Transport Minister Ina Brands.
“We have a clear plan on how we want to expand public transportation in the next few years,” she says. “We know exactly what we need and where we need it. We also know the cost of it.” The states “only” lack the funding commitment from the federal government to implement this. “The later we get them, the later we start implementing them, the more difficult it will be to achieve the 2030 climate goals,” Brandis explains.
Wesing: Answer Transparency Questions
Federal Transportation Secretary Wesing makes the federal states accountable for this. They must persuade the federal government to pay the required regional funds by clearly disclosing how they use these funds on public transportation. “Usually the state has no money left,” he says. “If it is not spent on it, it will be spent on something else.”
Ultimately, it comes down to prioritizing the budget. If federal states want to convince the budget legislator that their concerns are a priority, transparency questions must also be answered. But Wesing also promises: “We’ll come to an agreement at this point, I’m very confident.”
On the way to climate neutrality?
Finally, the Federal Minister of Transport is again calling for the use of public transport and seeing the nine-euro ticket as an opportunity: “Of course, some roads will be burdened at one time or another. But if we do this with consideration for each other and we are also happy with the fact that many use transport.” year, and then we’ll handle it well.”
Every public transport user makes a significant contribution: today, to making Germany less dependent on Russian energy supplies and in the future, to making progress on the path to climate neutrality, Wesing says.
The conclusion of the conference of transport ministers in Bremen
Jens Otto, right-back, 5/5/2022 4:00 p.m.