The Deutschlandticket is six months old – and from the perspective of its supporters, it has revolutionized public transport. But not everyone is happy – and the dispute over money jeopardizes the offer.
Almost six months after the introduction of the Deutschlandticket, demand for the monthly subscription for local and regional transport is gradually leveling off.
There are now around ten million owners, the Association of German Transport Companies (VDV) said upon request. “The number is quite stable, even if more are being added at a low level.”
Around half of the users come from existing subscriptions and are therefore not new long-term customers. The other half have so far traveled with single tickets or season tickets. The association considers this a success. “We are binding customers more closely to public transport through this flat rate.”
Eight to ten percent of users are real beginners to public transport and previously traveled by car, for example, as the association has determined in surveys. “Already today, five percent of all trips with the Deutschlandticket would otherwise have been made by car.”
The ticket has been available since May 1st. For 49 euros per month, owners can use all local public transport buses and trains without limit. The federal and state governments are arguing about further financing. Essentially, it’s about the question of who will bear any additional costs for the ticket. A solution will now be sought during consultations between Chancellor Olaf Scholz and the heads of government of the federal states on November 6th.