Jarasch: 29-euro ticket brings quick relief

Berlin (dpa / bb) – Transport Senator Bettina Jarasch has defended the 29-euro ticket planned in Berlin from October against criticism. The red-green-red Senate has taken the lead nationwide and has sent a clear signal for affordable mobility, said the Green politician on Thursday at the debate in the House of Representatives. The successor solution to the 9-euro ticket, which could be used nationwide until the end of August, is a concrete help for Berliners, said Jarasch.

“We relieve people noticeably in their everyday life, uncomplicatedly and quickly,” said the senator. “You don’t even need to go to the customer center for that.” The 29-euro ticket can be ordered online and printed out. However, the ticket is limited to three months because the traffic light coalition has announced a nationwide ticket for early 2023. A permanent, affordable ticket is needed, said Jarasch. She emphasized: “If the follow-up ticket doesn’t come in January, then we won’t leave Berliners alone with tariff increases.”

Jarasch admitted that the negotiations with the Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg (VBB) about the 29-euro ticket were difficult – “a real tour de force”. But they would have been worth it. Brandenburg and the VBB finally took a big step towards Berlin. Jarasch announced that negotiations on tariff reform are to be continued with the neighboring country.

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