German Chancellor Olaf Scholz declared Sunday’s (21 August), that the EUR9 monthly ticket for public transport, which his government introduced to offset rising inflation, was a “big success” in calling it a “big victory”. He also announced plans for a follow up scheme.
Germany’s coalition government, Scholz’s Social Democrats and Greens, introduced tickets to cover all public transport in Germany for June, July, and August. This was part of a series measures to assist households.
The EUR9 ticket is cheaper than the EUR86 Berlin inner-city monthly public transport fare.
Many people have asked the government to keep the scheme going, but Christian Lindner, Finance Minister of the FDP, stated that it would cost Germany EUR14Billion per year, which would not be available to invest in education.
Scholz stated that the ticket’s success showed that many people simply wanted a simpler ticketing system.
Volker Wissing, Transport Minister, will consult with 16 states, responsible for local transport, on how public transport could be made more comfortable, usable, and possibly even affordable, Scholz stated.
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