Transport: Municipalities are demanding commitments from the federal states for local transport tickets

After the coalition agreement on a third relief package, the German Association of Cities and Towns and Municipalities are demanding commitments from the federal states to finance a nationwide local transport ticket.

Transport: Municipalities are demanding commitments from the federal states for local transport tickets

After the coalition agreement on a third relief package, the German Association of Cities and Towns and Municipalities are demanding commitments from the federal states to finance a nationwide local transport ticket.

The city council supports the goal of designing a successor model for the 9-euro ticket, said President Markus Lewe of the "Rheinische Post" (Monday). "However, the funds earmarked for this by the federal government alone will not be enough."

Above all, the states must be held accountable. "You have to move now," said the CDU politician, who is mayor of the city of Münster. Funding should not be left to the cities.

The successor should be between 49 and 69 euros

The traffic light coalition presented a third relief package on Sunday, which the government put at around 65 billion euros. Among other things, the traffic light is striving for a nationwide successor to the 9-euro ticket, in the price range of 49 to 69 euros per month. The federal government wants to subsidize 1.5 billion euros if the states pay at least as much.

The general manager of the German Association of Towns and Municipalities, Gerd Landsberg, told the newspapers of the Funke media group that the planned continuation of a uniform, discounted local transport ticket was a correct and logical step. "Now it will be up to the countries to implement this and provide the necessary funds." In this context, however, "the sustained increase in investment" in local public transport, especially in rural areas, remains indispensable. "Especially for the people there, the advantage of a discounted ticket is rather small because the necessary connections have not been available so far."

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