Germany wants to introduce a public transit pass that costs $ 47 per month and will be valid nationwide if officials can agree on funding.
The proposal follows a hugely successful “9-euro bill”, offered in Germany for three months this summer as part of efforts to help people switch to environmentally friendly transport, reducing gasoline consumption and helping to fight the ‘inflation.
One of its biggest attractions for users is that it will be valid on all of the country’s regional bus, train and tram networks, each of which has a myriad of fare options that many find baffling to navigate.
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“With the 9 euro ticket we proved: simplicity is better,” Transport Minister Volker Wissing said Thursday after a meeting with his counterparts from the 16 German states.
Wissing said the new ticket would be paperless and could be purchased for just one month or as a subscription. Like the 9 euro ticket this summer, it will not be valid for intercity trains.
However, ticket financing issues have yet to be resolved. The German federal government has offered to subsidize him with 1.5 million euros per year; the states have expressed their willingness to do the same, pending an agreement on federal funding for regional rail services.
Greenpeace criticized the plan, saying 49 euros was too expensive for many people.
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The environmental group says its research shows that a € 29 ticket would allow double the number of users without requiring additional subsidies than the more expensive proposition.