States want more money from the federal government
Federal states typically seek more money from the federal government to finance local transportation due to increased energy costs. In mid-September they decided not to decide on a successor until the federal government responded to their demands with a resolution.
The federal states want to increase the so-called regionalization fund by 1.5 billion euros from this year With this money from the federal government, the federal states order rail and bus services from transportation providers. In addition, the federal government will increase funding by 1.65 billion euros each in 2022 and 2023 due to rising energy prices.
Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) and the heads of government of the federal states failed to agree on the finances last week. The Traffic Light Coalition agreed to pay an additional 1.5 billion euros a year for a permanent nationwide local transport ticket if the federal states contribute at least the same amount. The goal is a price between 49 and 69 euros per month. Typically, 9.4 billion euros of regionalization funding comes from Berlin this year, and billions more from other sources.
Environmental Support calls for a follow-up ticket for 29 euros
The associations have called a conference of transport ministers to find a solution. “Federal and state governments have promised people a follow-up ticket and will eventually have to keep that promise,” claimed Dirk Fledge, managing director of the Pro-Rail Alliance.
“People want a cheap climate ticket that is valid nationwide, and the three-month 9-euro ticket proves this,” said Jürgen Resch, federal director of German Environmental Aid. Like the environmental organization Greenpeace, he demanded a follow-up ticket for 29 euros. The railway and transport union (EVG) called for more workers and new trains in the “Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland” (Wednesday).