ARCHIV - 23.05.2022, Sachsen, Leipzig: Reisende gehen an einem Fahrkartenautomaten der Mitteldeutschen Regiobahn (MRB) auf dem Hauptbahnhof Leipzig vorbei. Das 9-Euro-Ticket ist ein großer Erfolg - so groß, dass die Diskussion über eine Fortsetzung in vollem Gange ist. Geht es nach den Verkehrsunternehmen, soll es das Ticket auch nach dem August geben, allerdings zu einem deutlich höheren Preis.(zu dpa "Verkehrsunternehmen schlagen 69-Euro-Ticket ab September vor") Foto: Jan Woitas/dpa +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++

At the beginning of November, data on the ticket should be available, which should help with the evaluation, said the FDP politician of the German Press Agency. “What’s the experience with it? What role does price play? What role does easy handling or nationwide validity play?” It will be about such questions. “There’s a lot of speculation, but you don’t really know. That is why we need the results of the evaluation.”

Public transport can be used in Germany between June and August for nine euros a month. Among other things, a 365-euro annual ticket or a 69-euro monthly ticket were suggested for a follow-up model. The main issue here is financing. The federal government is financing the 9-euro ticket with around 2.5 billion euros. Wissing does not want to commit to a successor solution yet. “We need a model that fits into the budgets of the federal states and also into the budget of the federal government.”

If there is an agreement between the federal and state governments, it could happen quickly. “We saw that we were able to put a proposal on the table and offer a digital ticket within a few weeks. In this respect, I am optimistic that things can go quickly this time as well.”

At the halfway point of the 9-euro ticket, Wissing believes that key goals have been achieved. “We triggered something that was very important for public transport, namely a push for modernization,” he said. “As a result, public transport has become a bit more digital, it has become simpler and it has become more focused on passengers – and all within a few weeks.”

Wissing rated the ticket as a “huge success”. “We sold 21 million tickets in addition to the 10 million subscribers. Public transport hasn’t seen that for a long time.” Among the 31 million users were many commuters, but also day trippers. Less than 0.1 percent of the trains were so busy that security staff had to intervene. Passenger numbers have risen to pre-pandemic levels. Rider numbers had fallen by about a fifth since 2020.

It is important that the price and the service offered have to be right. “It’s not as if the lowest price always brings the greatest satisfaction. If the performance behind it isn’t right, then it’s no use for anyone to be able to drive for one euro, but the beats don’t fit,” said Wissing, referring to the proposed 365-euro ticket.