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The 49-euro ticket should start no later than May 2023. But due to a renewed dispute between the federal and state governments, this date is also unstable.

  • Association of German Transport Companies (VDV): Ticket sales start four weeks before kick-off of 49 euro bill
  • Originally, the “Deutschlandticket” was supposed to come out in January 2023, but even that last date on May 1 is staggering all right
  • The 49 euro note is supposed to be a Successor solution for that 9 euro bill to be
  • This news ticker is continuously updated.

Update of January 24, 2023: Ticket sales should start nationwide four weeks before the start of the 49-euro ticket. This was announced by the Association of German Transport Companies (VDV).

“In addition to the 11.3 million ‘changers’ (exchange of existing D-Ticket subscriptions), we also foresee 5.6 million initial newcomers,” the VDV writes via Twitter. The association also commented on the question of whether the ticket will be completely paperless: “According to our idea, the ticket will initially be predominantly, but not exclusively, digital. We have a very mixed fare and sales landscape.”

Therefore, the Deutschlandticket could arrive on May 1; recently there were questions about whether the start date, which had been postponed several times, could be met this time. The VDV puts it in perspective: “But there are political decisions that we cannot influence, but which are necessary before the sale of tickets: bw. Approval of tariffs, positive comments from the EU Commission on the examination of the state aid, adjustment of the regionalization law!“

Cologne – First January, then April and now May 2023: What Start date of the 49 euro bill it has already changed several times since the announcement. Due to a renewed dispute between the federal and state governments, there is now a risk of another delay. Above all, the form of subscription to public transport is once again a problem. Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria blame the Federal Transport Minister, Volker Wissing.

Ticket of 49 euros only digital or on paper? The federal and state governments disagree

On the left, the 49 euro note on a smartphone and, on the right, a watch in a DB station.  (IDZRW assembly)
The €49 ticket was originally scheduled to launch on January 1, 2023. (IDZRW montage) © aal.photo/Imago & Emmanuele Contini/Imago

Since the announcement of the €49 note, it has become clear that it should be offered primarily digitally. Among other things, this should make it possible to collect better data to improve the offer. Volker Wissing had repeatedly emphasized that this “paperless” form should not be shaken.

Much to the chagrin of the states. “It is not up to us, the countries, that the 49-euro bill is delayed. We are surprised that the Federal Transport Minister is not making any progress with the preparations,” Baden-Württemberg Transport Minister Winfried Hermann said. Sueddeutsche Zeitung on Monday (January 23). Opposite of german press agency adds: “The federal states and transport associations are ready for a quick introduction.” The Federal Ministry of Transport must now “clear the way for pragmatic solutions”. The Green politician understands that this means offering the Deutschlandticket on paper. Among other things, because not all transport companies could sell digital passes from the beginning.

Bavarian Transport Minister Christian Bernreiter also rejects Wissing’s plan to offer the ticket only digitally. Wissing also rejected the paper note on the grounds that the €49 note could be issued not only as a smartphone app, but also as an analog plastic card in “credit card format”. These can also be read digitally, but can also be purchased over the counter.

The dispute over the 49-euro bill is likely to cause further delays

Both Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria expect the 49-euro ticket to be further delayed in the course of this discussion. Bremen Senator for Mobility Maike Schaefer made a very specific statement on Saturday (January 21). She explains that the May 1 start is in grave jeopardy. If talks and negotiations continue to be so slow, they see black for a timely start, Green politicians said. She hopes that Volker Wissing does not constantly delay the process and then criticize the federal states. the Rhine-Ruhr Transport Association (VRR) had recently stated that he had a I think the start of the 49 euro note for May is realistic.

The Federal Ministry of Transport, on the other hand, recently stated that the states and transport companies responsible for public transport bear the main responsibility for the implementation of the ticket.

49 euro note: the most important information about the Deutschlandticket at a glance

(only with dpa and AFP) This text is continually updated.

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