Transport Minister Volker Wissing announced on Wednesday that Germany will begin offering a national transportation pass for 49 euros ($48) per month in January with the goal of reducing CO2 emissions and assisting citizens in coping with skyrocketing inflation.
Federal and state governments will each contribute roughly 3 billion euros toward the so-called “Deutschlandticket,” and Berlin has pledged an additional 1 billion euros annually to assist states in coping with growing energy prices and labor costs.
“Attractive, digital, simple: now the way is clear for the largest tariff reform in local public transport in Germany,” Wissing said in a statement.
The 9 euro ticket Berlin adopted over the summer, of which 50 million were sold, covering around 1 billion trips per month from June through the end of August, has been replaced by the ticket, which is valid on buses and trains.
According to the German association of transportation businesses, VDV, over the course of the nine-euro ticket’s three-month availability, around 1.8 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions were avoided.