Traffic: The decision about the Berlin 29-euro ticket is completely open

Whether the 29-euro ticket for Berlin, which the Senate is campaigning for, will come is in the balance.

Traffic: The decision about the Berlin 29-euro ticket is completely open

Whether the 29-euro ticket for Berlin, which the Senate is campaigning for, will come is in the balance. The decision should be made at the supervisory board meeting of the Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg (VBB) on Thursday. But whether that will happen is uncertain. Because the district administrator of Märkisch-Oderland, Gernot Schmidt, objected to the urgency of the meeting on Wednesday, as initially reported by the "Tagesspiegel" on Wednesday evening. The Senate Chancellery said that everything would be tried to ensure that the Supervisory Board meeting could take place as planned. In the event that this does not succeed, it should be made up for in the coming week.

Time is running out. Because the successor solution for the nationwide 9-euro ticket, which was available until the end of August, should be offered as early as the beginning of October. Berlin's governing mayor Franziska Giffey (SPD) said on Tuesday after deliberations in the Senate on the subject that a decision must be made on Thursday so that the transport companies would have enough time to prepare.

The introduction of a 29-euro ticket limited to Berlin for the period from October 1st to December 31st is under discussion, as can be seen from a submission by the Senate Department for the Environment and Mobility to the main committee in the House of Representatives, which met on Wednesday. The VBB supervisory board should vote on Thursday during a video switch.

As the RBB reported on Wednesday evening, citing a spokesman for the district administrator, the reason for the objection is that Schmidt had not received any documents for the meeting by Wednesday afternoon. This was not on time and not enough time to be able to prepare the content. VBB spokesman Joachim Radünz told RBB that the meeting would take place as planned. In this, however, the quorum of the body would have to be determined. This could fail due to a veto by Schmidt.

But even if the members of the supervisory board, in which several mayors and district administrators from Brandenburg are represented, should vote on Thursday, it is far from certain how it will turn out. There was hardly any prospect of a joint, transnational ticket anyway, the skepticism in Brandenburg was too great for that. But there were also several skeptical voices from Brandenburg regarding the project of a time-limited local transport ticket only for Berlin.

The introduction of a Berlin-wide 29-euro ticket for the period from October 1st to December 31st is under discussion, according to a submission by the Senate Department for the Environment and Mobility to the main committee in the House of Representatives, which met on Wednesday.

With the ticket, people in Berlin could travel in the AB area of ​​validity, i.e. in the city center of Berlin plus the rest of the city area. But even for this, the toleration of the VBB supervisory board is necessary. The idea of ​​Berlin's Governing Mayor Franziska Giffey was to bridge the time with such a solution until the nationwide successor ticket announced by the federal government is available.

Another legal problem is that the ticket variant must not collide with the specifications of the public transport rescue package on the part of the federal government. According to the submission of the Senate administration to the main committee, the offer should therefore only be available as a subscription model - provided the VBB supervisory board is given the opportunity to decide on it and does not block the Berlin ideas.

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