ROUNDUP/survey: divided opinion on the price of 49 euros for a local transport ticket | news
BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – Opinions on the price of the planned 49-euro ticket for buses and trains are divided among the population. According to a recent survey by the opinion research institute YouGov, 38 percent of people in Germany consider the proposed 49 euros per month to be too expensive. Another 38 percent think this price is just right for a nationwide public transport ticket. 8 percent of those surveyed stated that 49 euros were too cheap. 16 percent did not provide any information.
The transport ministers of the federal and state governments had agreed on the model as the successor to the 9-euro ticket last Thursday. However, financing questions remain open. This must now be clarified at the top level.
Federal Transport Minister Volker Wissing (FDP) suggested that the costs for local public transport should be shared between the federal and state governments in the future. “We have to consider the reason why conflicts keep coming up: public transport is a matter for the federal states and according to the constitution the federal government should add an amount from the tax revenue,” Wissing told the editorial network Germany (RND/Montag). “But there is no fixed rate as to how much the federal states and the federal government should pay.” When asked what division he had in mind, he replied: “We financed many things in half, such as the Germany ticket or the Corona rescue package.”
Wissing aims to clarify the distribution of costs with the help of the planned expansion and modernization pact for public transport and a resolution in the conference of transport ministers: “We could, for example, specify the article in the constitution through a resolution of the conference of transport ministers of the federal and state governments.” A fair and clear division of funds would create a good basis for cooperation between the federal and state governments, he added.
The countries have been arguing for a long time about permanently more money for local transport. It is about an increase in regionalization funds in the billions. The federal states use this money from the federal government to order buses and trains. The federal states are only willing to co-finance a 49-euro ticket as a successor to the 9-euro ticket if there is an agreement with the federal government on more regionalization funds against the background of increased energy costs./brd/DP/mis