Subway in Berlin: »Highly attractive for companies and their employees«
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There could be a discount on job tickets for the planned 49-euro monthly ticket for local transport.
The federal and state governments are currently discussing their own regulations for job tickets.
Companies could then offer their employees the ticket at a reduced price if they share in the costs, explained North Rhine-Westphalia's Transport Minister Oliver Krischer (Greens), Chairman of the Transport Ministers' Conference of the federal states.
"That would be highly attractive for companies and their employees," said Krischer.
»The countries alone decide on further discounts, for example for students and trainees on the Deutschlandticket, and they then have to bear the costs themselves.«
Specifically, there could be a discount for employers depending on the number of job tickets ordered.
They could then pass the discount on to their employees.
The hope is that the discount will increase demand and at least partially compensate for the loss of income.
It is unclear who finances this.
The federal and state governments want to discuss this in a joint working group on Friday.
The Association of German Transport Companies (VDV) endorsed the discount plans.
"The job ticket is one of the best-selling tickets in public transport, we currently have several million subscribers in this segment," explained VDV General Manager Oliver Wolff.
"But there is still great potential to attract new passengers and employers." Everything that makes the Deutschlandticket more attractive as a job ticket helps.
Last summer, millions of passengers used the 9-euro ticket during a three-month discount campaign.
As a permanent successor, a nationwide ticket for 49 euros per month for buses and trains in local and regional transport is planned.
According to the current status, the Germany ticket should start on May 1st.
"I would have liked the Deutschlandticket to start on April 1st," said Krischer.
"But that won't work because the legislative process and the EU approval issue will take time."
Technical questions largely resolved
"There are indications that questions about the technical implementation can be clarified in the coming days," said the NRW minister.
»I perceive the will of all those involved – federal, state and association – to achieve a result.
We're at 40km in a marathon.”
Krischer went on to say: "We all agree that it should be a digital ticket." In a short transitional period, however, a paper ticket would be necessary.
“The control systems are often different, so the technology still has to be synchronized.
I can get involved with a paper ticket for the transition.” He hopes that Federal Minister Volker Wissing (FDP) can do the same.
Another topic is the question of tariff approvals.
The Germany ticket would actually have to be approved by the supervisory authorities as a new tariff in the transport associations.
"That would be hundreds of permits, that's the current law," says Krischer.
»I expect flexibility from the federal government to create the legal possibility for the Germany ticket to be approved once or at least at state level and then be valid everywhere.«
The caesura will be absolutely deep, Krischer added.
»The Deutschlandticket is a small revolution, it will change the entire fare structure throughout Germany.
What we have seen so far will no longer exist in this form.
Local public transport is becoming more attractive for many people who have not previously used it due to complex tariff structures and high prices.
A double-digit million number of Germany tickets sold would certainly be a success.«