The simple ticket is being talked about radically – klimareporter °

Every week a new proposal is made to continue the nine-euro ticket – but nothing takes its principle: an affordable ticket nationwide. The old way of thinking still prevails in people’s minds and it is also about preserving acquired rights.


There is a great song by Dalia Lavie. “My way of showing love is simply silence,” she says. “Words destroy what doesn’t belong to them.”

In the debate about the extension of the nine-euro ticket, about the number and amount of future tariffs, on the question of whether the purpose of the ticket is to attract drivers to public transport, whether there are fewer traffic jams, whether we are in a mess on the sinking train in Knowing whether the ticket is sustainable or not, silence and thought about what it is about will be very desirable.

Mobility isn’t about feeling big. But it’s about a related social value: access.

This is the most important outcome of the experience with the nine-euro ticket. Mobility has made it possible for people who previously did not have this access to travel. Access made easy.

One ticket and all travel destinations are suddenly open, cross, back and forth, in a circle, everything is possible at any time and even inexpensively. The ticket picked up the point of public transport, which is to transport several people rather than an empty gondola through the area.

But for public transport representatives, it’s worrying when more people suddenly use the show.

Railroad union statements reveal: There are a lot of people on the trains. They will have to go again.

Christian Lindner clearly understands this well and lets us share his thoughts: There are a lot of crowds and mobs on the go, they should stay home with a free mindset.

The rest of us continue to roam in our permanently subsidized private service barges or in our first class wagons at high prices. To make sure our self-service store keeps running, we’re adding something to the tax breaks in the middle and on top. Those below should stay down and preferably at home. We don’t want them in public.

One ticket for everyone and everything

The Nine Euro offer is as simple as it is simple. One ticket, one price and you go. No fuss like: valid here, not there, only for these people here, there for everyone, but only if you have bought this or that. Everything is easy. Radically simple and simply radical, all the old braids are cut out.

And this simplicity is now talked about. Every week a new proposal comes from all angles – but none takes the nine-euro principle: one nationwide ticket. There is still an old way of thinking in people’s minds – and of course it is also about preserving vested interests.

Anne Pursherding

In addition to her work on project management for sustainable mobility at FU Berlin, she is a guest author on the WZB’s Digital Mobility Research Group. It deals theoretically and, above all, in practice with mobility projects and gets around only in the city and the countryside by public transport, bicycle and sometimes in a shared car.

If only one type of ticket is sold, we no longer need the transportation and tariff association monster. Everything can go. Bosses will be free for new offerings that make public transit better rather than becoming more complex.

The ticket could be the start of the switch if you take extra measures on the quality and supply side of public transport – and when driving and parking eventually become more expensive.

Incidentally, the climate protection argument is one of many arguments that are currently happily put forward and misused: Those who couldn’t travel before should stay at home for reasons of climate protection – so much commuting from the wrong people – so that everyone else can drive Comfortably like used. And we’ll give you something to add to the fuel.

The price is not a reason to change drivers – the statement is still true. But the price and accessibility seem to give the public transportation system a boost. Of course, this alone is not enough for public transportation as the backbone of traffic transformation, but the money must flow into infrastructure and the system must be renewed on the supply and service side.

But none of these arguments against inexpensive public transportation. One ticket for everyone and everything, really everything: €29 per month or €365 per year for the whole group, including long-distance travel. At least at a radically low price. Let’s put it all on one card and add a taxi for the last mile.

“Put the shadows off the wall,” continues Dalia LaVey. Here it might mean: Get old patterns out of your head. Think again.

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