Deutsche Bahn staff fear large crowds following cheap public transport pass
Deutsche Bahn staff are concerned about large crowds in trains and stations due to the introduction of a more affordable pass to travel on public transport. To counteract the impact of soaring fuel prices, the German government has said it will introduce a ticket of just 9 euros per month for travelling on public transport.
The pass will be valid in June, July and August on regional trains, trams, underground and buses throughout Germany. Berlin hopes this will encourage people to use public transport more often instead of their cars, thus reducing fuel consumption.
Staff wants extra effort
Deutsche Bahn employees fear overcrowded trains and platforms, according to a representative. Especially in tourist locations it can become very busy, according to employees of the German railway company. They therefore want extra people to be deployed to ensure everything runs smoothly and to prevent chaos.
The cheap public transport pass is part of a package of measures taken by the government to help German households with the sharp increase in fuel prices. Among other things, the fuel excise duty will be lowered.
Deutsche Städtetag, the German Association of Cities, foresees a funding shortfall of billions as a result of the plan and therefore demands more money from the federal government to cover the extra costs. The federal government plans to increase the contribution to local public transport by 3.7 billion euros, which would also cover the costs of the low-cost public transport pass. According to the umbrella organisation for cities, this amount is insufficient to compensate for the additional costs and there is still a shortfall of 1.7 billion.