Transport associations with uniform tariffs are often based on the borders of districts. Three units are now merging in the south. However, not all problems have been overcome.
Villingen-Schwenningen (dpa/lsw) - Users of local public transport in the Black Forest-Baar-Heuberg region can benefit from a uniform tariff from the turn of the year. The transport association of the same name in the south of the country starts on Sunday, the standard tariff is called "Move".
With the merger to form the Schwarzwald-Baar-Heuberg transport association, the borders of the districts of Rottweil, Schwarzwald-Baar and Tuttlingen will be overcome, as the Stuttgart Ministry of Transport had announced. The previous associations there are called TUTicket, VVR and VSB.
In the west of the region lies the Black Forest, in the Heuberg area it extends in the east to the heights of the Swabian Jura.
However, the new group got off to a somewhat bumpy start. The Verkehrsverbund Schwarzwald-Baar (VSB) had announced that its previous subscription cards were still valid for the time being. The new "Move" subscription cards will therefore not be delivered until the middle or end of January.
With the merger in the south, the number of transport associations in Baden-Württemberg has fallen from 21 to 19, according to the ministry. Compared to other federal states, the number of associations is still high. They are under pressure, partly because of large investments in modern technology, for example for up-to-date traffic information for passengers. The planned introduction of the 49-euro ticket for buses and trains in local transport is also a major challenge for associations.