But no ticket 9 euros? States threaten the federal government with a blockade

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Countries threaten to ban 9 euro tickets

Tickets will soon start selling 9 euros, but there is a problem. The law has not yet been passed – and the Bundesrat is boiling. Because the states want more money from Berlin. Otherwise, and thus the threat, everything can still be turned around.

There is a bitter dispute over the €9 ticket, which is due to be decided by the Bundestag on Thursday and the Bundesrat the following day. The states want the federal government to significantly increase localization funds, otherwise they threaten to reject the law in the Bundesrat. Localization funds are money that the federal government makes available to states each year to fund local rail passenger transportation. The federal government is financing the project by transferring 2.5 billion euros to the states to offset the loss of income.

“If the federal government thought it could be commended by the federal states for a three-month consolation patch and for others to foot the bill, it made a huge mistake,” said Bavarian Transport Minister Christian Bernreiter of Bavaria’s Ministry of Transport. CSU. If the federal government does not fully reimburse ticket costs and does not significantly increase localization funds, you will run into a wall in the Bundesrat. “Under the current circumstances, I don’t see that Bavaria can agree to the law in the Bundesrat. The real relief for citizens would be the permanent strengthening of local public transport with more federal funds to get a better offer,” says Bernretter. Instead, the federal government offers a “snapshot”, at the end of which there is the risk of significant performance restrictions.

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The chair of the Transportation Ministers Conference, Bremen Senator Mike Schaefer of the Greens, emphasized Sunday that federal states have repeatedly called for increased public transportation funding. Federal Transport Minister Volker Wessing should have known after the conference of transport ministers in Bremen at the beginning of May at the latest that the consent of the federal states was shaky. “If the nine-euro card, on which German citizens hold high expectations, now lapses, the Federal Transport Minister will have to take responsibility,” Schaefer said.

The Minister of Transport for the state of Baden-Württemberg, Winfried Hermann, has confirmed that if the federal government is not willing to increase regionalization funding, the comprehensive package of fuel discounts and tickets for 9 euros may fail in the Bundesrat. The green politician said the informal mediation process could prevent the impending blockade.

Bahn announces the start of sales

Deutsche Bahn announced on Sunday that the ticket will be available from May 23 via the DB Navigator app and all other digital rail channels. “It will also be available at approximately 5,500 Deutsche Bahn ticket machines and more than 400 decibel travel centers at train stations,” she added. With the monthly ticket, travelers can use local public transport nationwide for nine euros – in all cities and across all network borders. Tickets can also be purchased online or at the counter from other carriers. Several associations have already announced their desire to start selling on May 23.

In June, July and August, special tickets are intended to enable travel on local and regional transport throughout Germany – for €9 per month and therefore significantly less than regular monthly tickets. This is part of the relief package that the Traffic Lights Alliance is reacting to as energy prices rise. At the same time, it should be a gourmet show to win more customers for buses and trains.

The €9 ticket offers a “unique opportunity to spark more people’s interest in local public transport and long-term climate-friendly rail,” said Jörg Sandfus, president of the DB Regio rail company in charge of the railways. According to Deutsche Bahn, a ticket priced at €9 will always be valid from the first to the last day of every month. So if you only access it in the middle of the month, you can only drive with it for the remaining half of the month.

Concerned private bus industry

From the start of the sale on May 23, it will be possible to purchase tickets for all three months at the same time. The private bus industry has warned of negative effects, especially on long bus journeys. Because of the ticket’s nationwide validity, in addition to its function as a relief for passengers, it is also a “fixed price for long distances,” the Federal Federation of German Bus Companies explained in a statement to the Bundestag. So many people are expected to choose the €9 ticket and not the long-distance bus when planning their trip. This is after more than two years of passenger failures related to Corona.

The association explained that bus rentals should also feel competitive from a €9 ticket. “Many class trips, school trips or club trips are no longer carried out by bus, but are planned in such a way that they can also be implemented with regional train services.” In order to prevent bus companies from falling into liquidity problems due to the collapse of fare income, it must be ensured that the compensatory funds reach the companies in May before the start of the campaign period in June.

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