For months, the states have been pushing for more money from the federal government for the Germany ticket for 2024. Now Transport Minister Wissing is demanding that the states have fewer transport associations – in order to save money.
Federal Transport Minister Volker Wissing has called on states and municipalities to reduce the number of transport associations after the introduction of the Deutschlandticket.
“We still have over 60 transport associations, that’s too many,” said the FDP politician to the “Augsburger Allgemeine”. “The states should now look forward together with the federal government, review their structures and consider how public transport can become more efficient and digital,” added Wissing.
When asked whether the price of the Germany ticket of 49 euros per month will be maintained in the coming year, Wissing did not answer directly. “The price is very, very attractive, but the price alone is not the real revolution. What is revolutionary is the combination with the radical simplification of complex tariff systems. The fact that a ticket that you buy somewhere in the regional transport network can be used throughout Germany,” said the minister.
If transport associations were merged, money could be saved on administrative structures, explained Wissing. “I can only appeal not to have a permanent price debate. It’s completely clear that the cheaper the more pleasant, but in the end that’s not the only deciding factor with this ticket.” For months, the states have been pushing for more money from the federal government for next year’s Germany ticket. This year only, the financing is completely covered by the federal and state governments.