Does super cheap rail travel have a future?
On the future of the €9 ticket
The German government introduced a super cheap ticket for travel on public transport at the beginning of the summer. For the princely price of €9 a month people could travel throughout the country on trains buses a, trams and the U-Bahn. Only the high-speed ICE trains were exempt.
The measure was the most headline grabbing way the German government has decided to try to ease the pain of soaring inflation. But it has also been seen by fans of public transport as a dry run for a future in which Germans give up their beloved Autos and start hopping on the train to get to work or visit family.
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