€9 ticket experience: will you also pay €69?

The ticket for 9 euros was well received by German citizens. no wonder. For little money in regional transport through Germany, without having to care about tariff zones. amazing. Just go in and go. And what about after summer? Shall we get back to work? So everything is back to normal?

What ticket models will come next?

There are already ideas. For example, the Federal Association of Consumer Centers proposes a ticket for 29 euros, and the Pro Bahn commuter association near the corner comes with a ticket for 365 euros. It is not yet clear which follow-up ticket will come and when. But something has to happen, says Dr. Jan Christian Schluetter of TU Dresden.

“At this point we have to ask: What did we learn from this €9 card experience? We learned that residents are interested in public transport. Now we have to see how we can improve public transport and make it more attractive that the price can shape. Politicians are now required to make a follow-up bid. Fun for people.”

We have to ask at this point: What did we learn from this €9 ticket experience?


Dr. Jan-Christian Schluetter, Mobility Researcher, TU Dresden

Schluetter leads the research group “Resilient Transport Services and Urban Dynamics” at TU Dresden. In order to be able to make a recommendation to politicians on how to design this follow-up card, you must know what citizens are willing to pay. This is exactly what the Schlüter team is asking in their survey with the University of Göttingen. Although the results are only preliminary so far, as the survey will continue until the end of the €9 ticket period, there is indeed a surprisingly small trend, because people are actually willing to pay more than €9 to pay for it. Public transport.

In the preliminary data it can be seen that the peak ranges between 39 and 69 euros. The maximum willingness to pay is between 69 and 79 euros.


Dr. Jean-Christian Schluetter

79 euros per month, which is not exactly a little. So people are very willing to spend money on public transportation. It gets even more interesting when you unpack residents’ willingness to pay by zip code, says Schletter. Here it becomes clear that people from sparsely populated to sparsely populated areas will pay more for public transportation than people from urban areas. Here the peak is between 50 and 150 euros for more than half of the respondents. This is despite the fact that currently rural areas are the least benefited from ticket models. Because although in theory they can use a 9 euro ticket, they can’t in practice because there is simply no public transport. Honestly: I can buy a ticket for 9 euros, but if a bus does not come in my village, I can give it to myself.

Price alone doesn’t make cabbage fat either

Low prices alone don’t necessarily make public transit more attractive, or not for everyone. That’s why Schlütter and his team are now embarking on another survey. They want to know what offerings public transportation has to offer so that people can use it more. In his opinion, expanding and making public transportation more flexible is a major issue here.

“We shouldn’t just rely on these strict bus concepts. We should also look at how we can use IT solutions to make some offerings more flexible and connect. We have to create multimodal and multimodal travel chains. That means that it is partly a bike, a bus, but also a sharing system.” The car. We need a different travel feel, and a choice.”

Look at the big picture when it comes to traffic

All of these considerations require expertise, energy, and investment. But it also requires looking at the big picture.

“I would like the energy transition to be linked with the mobility transition. If rural areas provide space for energy transition so that cities can have green energy, then rural areas should be given adequate and better mobility offerings and better infrastructure in general in an equitable way. Appropriate financing should be created for mobility in Rural areas “.

According to Schleuter, public transportation is a way of society meant for everyone and should be evaluated as such. This recognition was gained precisely by the discussion that erupted as a result of the €9 ticket. In this discussion, the criticism that arises also must be persisted. Because one thing is clear: the 9 euro ticket was knitted by politicians with hot needles in order to comfort people. Not everything is going smoothly there. But this experience was the beginning. Now it must be thought about, discussed and pursued.

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