Traffic
9-euro ticket: Brandenburg state parliament rejects extension

A €9 ticket valid for June

A €9 ticket valid for June. Photo: Frank Rumpenhorst/dpa/Illustration

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The Brandenburg state parliament has rejected an application by the opposition left to extend the 9-euro ticket in Brandenburg beyond the summer months. The introduction of a 365-euro annual ticket from 2023 as a connection model for local transport, for which the Left Group is calling for negotiations with the Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg (VBB), did not find a majority in the vote on Thursday evening. The majority of the red-black-green coalition voted against extending the 9-euro ticket.

The Brandenburg state parliament has rejected an application by the opposition left to allow the 9-euro ticket in Brandenburg extended beyond the summer months. The introduction of a 365-euro annual ticket from 2023 as a connection model for local transport, for which the Left Group is calling for negotiations with the Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg (VBB), did not find a majority in the vote on Thursday evening. The majority of the red-black-green coalition voted against extending the 9-euro ticket.

The traffic expert of the Left Group, Andreas Büttner, said in the debate that the sales figures for the 9-euro ticket had shown that the demand was immense. Brandenburg is a commuter country number one in Germany. In addition, many low-income people are able to travel again with this ticket. The idea of ​​getting people to switch from cars to public transport is only partially effective in three months. In order for there to be reliable data, the ticket should be extended until the end of the year.

Büttner also pointed out that the state government had agreed in the coalition agreement to examine a 365-euro ticket. Büttner estimated the costs for the entire tariff area VBB to 120 million euros. They would have to be co-financed by the federal government, he demanded.

Infrastructure State Secretary Rainer Genilke (CDU) referred to the refusal to extend the 9-euro ticket to the federal government, which was not willing to adjust the so-called regionalization funds for this year and next, which make it possible to finance local rail passenger transport (SPNV). There are no structural increases, they are not planned to begin with. “People use the SPNV if it is good, fast and reliable,” said the CDU politician. Brandenburg does not currently have such infrastructure. The question is whether this is the right time for such an experiment.

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