The Federal Council does not believe in a ticket for 9 euros

The Federal Council does not believe in the ticket of 9 euros. He expressed his disapproval in an initiative of SP country councilor Matthias Aebischer.

07/06/2022, 17:4507.06.2022, 17:46

Petar Marjanovic

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If the Federal Council gets its way, there will be no Swiss counterpart to the German 9-euro ticket in the Confederation in the near future. This was explained by the transport department under SP’s Federal Council Simonetta Sommaruga on Tuesday during Question Time in the National Council.

In the responses from the Land Government, the points that have been delivered in Germany are mentioned as the biggest criticisms: it is feared that such an offer in this country could also lead to overcrowded buses and trains and thus dissatisfied customers.

However, congestion and dissatisfaction are not the only risks that a possible Swiss 9-euro ticket would entail: there would also be a “loss of image” for public transport in Switzerland and the risk that part of the former railway and bus users temporarily switch to the car. In other words, the Federal Council fears that Switzerland would bite itself in the tail if the savings bank idea was copied from Germany.

Poor “cost-benefit ratio”

This should make it clear that everything in Switzerland will remain the same and that there will be no ticket of 9 euros. Such a requirement was not specific in the room, but Bernese SP country councilor Matthias Aebischer found the idea “super” enough to want to ask the federal council’s position. He himself did not comment on the question of what specific offers should be used to promote public transport. He only explained to SRF that he could also imagine a “day ticket for the summer”.

Aebischer justified this pragmatism with the costs i.a. In response to Aebischer’s request, the Federal Council did not say how high these could have been with a Swiss counterpart to the 9-euro ticket. Superficially, it is pointed out that the “cost-benefit ratio” will not justify such an offer.

For Aebischer and his party colleagues, however, the Federal Council’s concerns are no reason to drop the idea of ​​a “public transport campaign” altogether. Therefore, four approaches were submitted from SP’s ranks to assess possible ideas, “which relieve citizens’ wallets and encourage them to switch to public transport”.

For example, with a “10-franc day ticket” or special offers for families, young people, pensioners and social security recipients, any risks that could arise from a one-to-one adoption of the German solution can be taken into account. Other advances aim to provide more money for public transportation.

Traffic jam, chaos and anger after the first weekend

In Germany, the economic aspects were seen at least in the same way as the SP: The government under Chancellor Olaf Scholz invested more than 2.5 billion euros for the introduction of the nationwide savings offer. This costs nine euros, can be purchased for a month and allows for free travel with all regional trains.

The experiences from the Pentecost weekend indicate a great success: well-loaded trains are reported throughout the country. There was criticism and malice due to the chaos on particularly popular excursion routes. Although Deutsche Bahn promised to use 50 extra trains and increase staff, they did not prevent numerous delays and frustration with some customers.

Chaos in Herring over Pentecost as video

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The Federal Council does not believe in the ticket of 9 euros. He expressed his disapproval in an initiative of SP country councilor Matthias Aebischer.

If the Federal Council has its will, it will not happen in the Association in the near future Give the Swiss counterpart to the German ticket of 9 euros. This was explained by the transport department under SP’s Federal Council Simonetta Sommaruga on Tuesday during Question Time in the National Council.

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