Despite political commitments to more climate protection, bus and train customers in many German regions have to dig deeper into their pockets for their tickets. Several large transport associations increase the prices at the turn of the year, as an evaluation by the German Press Agency revealed. Affected are customers in the Ruhr area, in the Rhineland, in Berlin and Brandenburg, in Greater Hamburg and in the Rhine-Main area, as well as all those who are traveling in regional trains outside of transport networks.
Also lower prices in some regions
The price increases go up to an average premium of 3.3 percent. The Greater Munich area shows that things can be done differently, where tariff reform brought seven percent lower prices this year. In and around Stuttgart made easier Tarifzonen many connections cheaper.
More people should travel by bus and train instead of by car to avoid climate-damaging carbon dioxide. That is one of the goals of the Climate Program, which the Federal Government decided a week ago. The federal government puts extra money into local transport.
More money required for traffic turnaround
There were many fare increases already decided. Higher salaries, diesel and electricity prices as well as material costs made this unavoidable, it was said about the Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Sieg. Between Aachen, Bonn and Remscheid prices rise by 2.5 percent. In the neighboring Rhein-Ruhr, customers pay an average of 1.8 percent more. Equally expensive is the "Schoko Ticket", which means the student subscription on the Lower Rhine and in the Ruhr area. In the Rhine-Main transport network, prices are up by 1.5 percent and in the Hamburg transport network by 1.3 percent.
In contrast, it will be 3.3 percent more expensive in Berlin and Brandenburg, as the local transport association (VBB) decided on Thursday. "The change in traffic can only be made with public transport," said VBB managing director Susanne Henckel. But after two rounds of zero, companies would need more money: for new buses, metro and tram trains, maintenance, personnel and digitization. And for investments in environmentally friendly drives – in addition to electric buses, for example, also hydrogen fuel cell trains.
Scientists, environmentalists and energy associations criticize the climate protection package. The German Wind Energy Association sees the entire industry at risk.
Climate protection as an argument for higher fares
For the time being, climate protection is more of an argument in the industry for higher fares than for lower ones. "If we want to achieve climate protection goals in transport via attractive and high-performance public transport, then we will not be able to avoid massive investments in expansion and in basic renovation," said Ingo Wortmann, President of the Association of German Transport Companies. "The fares revenue is a very crucial contribution."
Customers spend 13 billion euros annually on tickets. That covers three quarters of the operating costs. The rest for operations and investments come from the public sector. "If buses and trains in the future should drive more and more often to attract significantly more passengers with attractive offers, then that will inevitably cost more money," said Wortmann. "To claim this from taxpayers alone is a business mistake."
VAT on train tickets could fall
In contrast, the usual price increase in the ICE and Intercity trains of the Deutsche Bahn is canceled this year. If the federal government also lowers the VAT on long-distance tickets as planned, the tickets should even be a tenth cheaper. That would be the first price reduction in 17 years.
However, anyone traveling with Deutsche Bahn or one of its competitors in regional traffic may pay more in the new year. Travel outside of transport networks will be 1.7 percent more expensive, as the collective agreement of the federal and non-federal railways in Germany decided. That affects at least every fifth customer. At least for trips over 50 kilometers could bring the planned VAT cut but also here benefits. This already includes the reduced tax rate.
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