Local transport: 16 million 9-euro tickets have already been sold nationwide

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16 million 9-euro tickets have already been sold nationwide.

Blocked trains, overcrowded platforms – with 9-euro tickets for the discount campaign, the Pentecost wave of travel was the first endurance test.

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On the Pentecost weekend, many regional trains were overcrowded, especially in holiday areas. Also because of the 9 euro ticket. The industry is already preparing for the next onslaught.

Berlin. The demand for 9 euro tickets is huge. According to the Association of German Transport Companies (VDV), around 16 million have been sold nationwide since the start of sales around three weeks ago.

“In addition, there are at least ten million tickets from customers that are valid as 9-euro tickets for the three months of June, July and August,” it said. The company is thus well on the way to reaching a projected number of users of up to 30 million per month.

In June, July and August, you can use public transport throughout Germany with a 9-euro ticket. On the one hand, tickets are intended to provide financial relief to consumers in view of the high inflation and, on the other hand, to make public transport more attractive. There is still no precise information about the increasing demand for buses and trains in all transport companies and associations.

Ten percent more passengers in regional transport

Deutsche Bahn announced on Monday that, according to an internal evaluation, around ten percent more passengers were traveling in regional transport in the first two days of validity, June 1st and 2nd. The same applies on June 7th and 8th, i.e. two days after the long Pentecost weekend. The “Spiegel” had previously reported.

According to its own statements, Deutsche Bahn compared the number of passengers on these four days with the average number of passengers on working days throughout 2021 and not with the same number of days in the previous year. It is therefore unclear whether the planned increase in passenger numbers is actually related to the 9-euro ticket.

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