Ticket costs in public transport
Heads of transport companies are against the 365 euro ticket. They want a strong expansion of their offers first, then more customers.
BERLIN taz | The Association of German Transport Companies (VDV) sharply attacks the governing mayor of Berlin Michael Müller (SPD) because he is in favor of Local transport annual ticket for 365 euros starts. This demand is only an "attractive slogan" and "pure populism to catch an effect for the moment," said VDV managing director Oliver Wolff to journalists in Berlin. "Someone who has an idea of the system does not want a 365 euro ticket in response to past failures," he said with reference to Müller, who used to be a traffic senator. The VDV sees enormous capacity bottlenecks today because too little was invested in local transport in the past. The Berlin State Chancellery refused to comment on the attacks.
With the 365 euro ticket, customers pay one euro for every day of the year. This is cheaper than today's monthly passes. This should make public transport more attractive. Berlin is considering the introduction and would like to use funds from the Federal Ministry of Transport.
The VDV generally rejects a 365 euro ticket. "If we attract people, they will get into a full system," said VDV President Ingo Wortmann, who is also head of the Munich transport company. At the same time, he believes that the cheap annual pass would not result in less car traffic. Pedestrians and cyclists in particular would switch to buses and trains. "The driver does not change when there are ticket discounts," Wortmann believes. The city of Vienna, in which the 365 euro ticket is already available, is not comparable to the situation in Germany. There, providers and politicians have planned for the long term and pushed ahead with the expansion of the range.
Nationwide, the introduction of a 365 euro ticket would lead to loss of revenue of 4 billion euros, according to the VDV. This money is urgently needed to expand the offers. "We have to drive more," said Wortmann. "We are against further ticket reductions."
Twice as many buses
According to the association, an average trip last year cost 1.11 euros. All tickets, including monthly or annual tickets, are included. The average price for a trip in a tariff zone is 2.70 euros. The expansion of the offer should primarily be done by more buses. In Munich, the number of buses must now be doubled from around 500, said Wortmann. The demand in the other metropolitan areas is comparable.
There are currently around 30,000 buses operating nationwide, including around 400 electric buses. That is more than four times as many as a year ago, The companies want to significantly increase the number of electric buses. In the country, offers such as shared taxis and call systems would have to be promoted, said Wortmann. Since the operating costs for this are high, public funds are required for this.