Perhaps the most successful experiment in the history of transport in Germany comes to an end with the 9-euro ticket. For three months, from the beginning of June to the end of August, Germans could use local and regional transport for only 9 euros. Around 38 million copies of the 9-euro ticket have been sold to date. Despite the success, the end is sealed: on September 1st, the saver ticket loses its validity. There is a fierce struggle for a successor. We summarize the most important suggestions:
9-euro ticket: SPD, Greens and FDP are arguing about successors
- SPD: Last has the SPD pronounced for a 49-euro ticket. This should be valid nationwide and be financed half by the federal government and half by the states.
- Green: The Greens are planning two successors. A 29-euro ticket is supposed to be in the federal state (incl. overlaps) to be valid 49-euro ticket, on the other hand, throughout Germany.
- FDP: The Free Democrats have so far spoken out strictly against the continuation of the 9-euro ticket, pointing to the great financial burden on the federal budget and the fact that residents in rural areas in particular would hardly benefit from it. The Federal Government Commissioner for Rail Transport Michael Theurer (FDP) but can imagine a 69-euro ticket (Source: Mirror)
Only Berlin and NRW have concrete plans
There is also disagreement in the federal states. Most federal states are interested in a successor to the 9-euro ticket, but only two have concrete plans: Berlin and North Rhine-Westphalia.
Berlin gets down to business and has one announced its own 9-euro ticket successor for the months of October, November and December (Source: mirror). After that, it is hoped, a nationwide model will be launched.
A campaign will start in NRW as early as September, in which subscription customers can travel through the state free of charge on all weekends in September and October 2022, during the autumn holidays and on German Unity Day.
Everything you need to know about the 9-euro ticket briefly explained:
Horse trading in the traffic light
Chancellor Scholz recently made it clear that there will be a successor to the 9-euro ticket. SPD and Greens are close in their proposals, so far the FDP has blocked itself. As is so often the case with traffic lights, horse trading should result in the end. My tip: one 49 euro ticket for all of Germanysocially disadvantaged groups below a certain income limit only pay 29 euros. In return, the FDP leader gets his recently presented relief packagewhich provides for, among other things, an increase in the basic allowance and the reduction of cold progression.