Local transport: Prices are increasing sharply in some cases

1.3 percent more in Hamburg

As the last of the large associations, the Hamburger Verkehrsverbund is working on a price increase. The Hanseatic population is expected to pay an average of 1.3 percent more from the turn of the year.

“Nobody is happy about that, confesses the association.” Please consider during the discussion: Everything will be more expensive. “Only part of the higher costs will be passed on to the passengers. The much larger part will be taken over by the tax coffers.

Local transport company in distress

Fuel, electricity, new offers – in many regions these are the main arguments for higher prices. The slump in fare income brings the 135 member companies strong
Distress, it was said in the transport association for the greater Nuremberg area. In addition, the traffic turnaround away from the car must be financed, as well as new digital offers.

Bus and train travel will be considerably more expensive for the Franks. In the VGN, the tariffs are rising for the first time in three years and therefore by an average of 5.5 percent. Only in the city of Nuremberg itself do millions from the city coffers ensure that the tariffs can once again remain stable.

“Enormous loss of income” due to Corona

In Munich and the surrounding area, too, it will be significantly more expensive: plus 3.7 percent will apply from mid-December. “The corona pandemic brought us enormous revenue shortfalls,” explained the local transport association. Nevertheless, the offer was almost completely maintained. In Stuttgart and the surrounding area it will be 2.5 percent more expensive.

In the Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr, the most populous in Germany, the tariffs rise somewhat more slowly at 1.7 percent. It is 1.5 percent in the neighboring Rhein-Sieg- and Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund, which includes large parts of Hesse. For trips outside of associations, Deutsche Bahn had announced a tariff surcharge of 1.7 percent.

Clear round in Bremen

But passengers don’t have to dig deeper into their pockets everywhere. Nothing will change in Bremen, its environs in Lower Saxony, Berlin and Brandenburg. Bremer can even look forward to the second clear round in a row.

These transport associations cite an argument that others expressly use for price increases: the decrease in passengers in the corona pandemic. They want to get customers back on buses and trains with stable prices. (dpa / jk)


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