DB has already sold more than 6.5 million cheap train tickets

DB Regio double-decker train, source: Deutsche Bahn

DB has already sold more than 6,5 million tickets for 9 euros in recent days. That is double the number of flat-fee tickets sold since the end of May. Over the Whitsun weekend, 86,000 people in Germany used the train as a result. 

Despite some overcrowding on popular routes, DB CEO Jörg Sandvoß looks back on a successful Whitsun weekend. DB Regio rolled out 50 extra trains at the start of this month to manage the increasing flow of passengers on the railways. This resulted in 250 additional journeys with 60,000 extra seats.

DB Regio also deployed more than 700 additional service and security staff to serve the passengers and direct travellers. That is four times as much as during a normal summer. The maintenance and cleaning of trains was also increased to ensure safe and tidy equipment.

9 euro ticket

With the special 9-euro ticket travellers from Germany and abroad can also make unlimited use of the regional buses, trams, metros, S-Bahn, suburban and regional trains (second class) of both DB and other providers. The cheap ticket can be purchased via the DB website. The flat-fee public transportion is valid for use in Germany in June, July and August

Train derailment

In addition to the positive developments regarding the increase in train passengers, DB also looks back on an eventful week. Last weekend, the public prosecutor in Munich launched an investigation into three DB employees for possible negligence related to the June 3 derailment that left five people dead and dozens injured. The section where the incident happened was slated for maintenance later this month and July.

This article first appeared on SpoorPro, the Dutch sister publication of RailTech.com

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Author: Kenneth Steffers

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