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the additional billions promised by the federal government for local transport by bus and trains throughout Germany. The cabinet approved a draft phrase on Friday in order to increase the so -called regionalization funds from 2022 by one billion euros annually. From 2023, they should also increase by three percent annually instead of 1.8 percent each. The levies had appointed the federal government and the federal states in early November. The countries had made this a condition that they co-finance the intended nationwide 49 euro month ticket.

Der Bund will den Bundesländern für den Nahverkehr bis 2031 zusätzliche 17,3 Milliarden Euro zur Verfügung stellen. © Jens Büttner/dpa The federal government wants to make an additional 17.3 billion euros available to the federal states by 2031.

Transport Minister Volker Wissing (FDP) said that the “Germany ticket” would bring another thrust and higher passenger numbers to local public transport (public transport). For this purpose, a separate legislative procedure should be launched in early 2023. The work of the federal and state governments for implementation went with high pressure. "The goal is the fastest possible introduction in the new year."

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The nationwide usable local traffic sticket with an introductory price of 49 euros a month is to build on the popular 9-euro tickets from the summer. The exact start date is open. The federal and state governments have agreed to finance half of the offer. At the beginning of the year at the beginning of the year, a total of three billion euros per year will be scheduled to compensate for loss of income from transport providers. If a start on January 1, 2023 does not yet work, the financing contributions would be reduced proportionately.

17.3 billion euros additionally available

with a view to the increase in regular regionalization funds, Wissing explained that the federal government will provide the federal states an additional 17.3 billion euros from 2022 to 2031. This creates the basis for making environmentally friendly public transport more attractive and strengthening. With the regionalization funds, the states and transport associations order rail and bus connections from transport companies. This year, 9.4 billion euros come from Berlin, plus another billion euros from a different pot.

The cabinet now approved a draft for the coalition factions, which is expected to be brought into the Bundestag next week. The Federal Council must also agree. According to the schedule, the law will come into force on December 21st.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) and the Prime Minister had agreed on the amount of additional regionalization. This is intended to cushion price increases for energy as a result of the Ukraine secretary. The necessary funds should be made available to the system so that the public transport “at least at the existing level” can contribute to the turn of traffic and the achievement of the climate protection goals, it continued.

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