Bavaria: 9-euro ticket at Pentecost: "Better than expected"

Munich (dpa / lby) - The 9-euro ticket attracted additional users to trains and buses in Bavaria on the Pentecost weekend.

Bavaria: 9-euro ticket at Pentecost: "Better than expected"

Munich (dpa / lby) - The 9-euro ticket attracted additional users to trains and buses in Bavaria on the Pentecost weekend. However, there was no widespread chaos. There is always a lot going on at Pentecost, said Andreas Barth from the Pro Bahn passenger association. This year it was one step more than before Corona. This is where the existing bottlenecks and problems with local public transport became apparent.

"Politics are now required to ensure that the offer follows suit," said Barth. "We don't benefit if people drive along and see that it's too full, that doesn't work."

"It worked better than expected," said Arnulf Schuchmann, Managing Director of the Bavarian Regiobahn. A spokeswoman for his company reported a high number of passengers, which, however, was at the level of the pre-Corona period. There were no major problems, but one or the other bike could not be taken. Demand is particularly high towards Salzburg and Füssen. The capacities there are increased as far as possible.

The state railway also referred to the typically high rush on the Pentecost weekend. "At peak times, however, the capacities offered, which were sometimes even increased in advance, were not sufficient to accommodate all passengers and especially passengers with bicycles in the vehicles at the desired time."

The Munich transport company (MVG) did not record any incidents or overcrowding - but an increase of around 10 percent in passenger numbers. That is about the pre-corona level, it said.

There was no specific information about Bavaria from the railways. Nationwide, "everything that can roll has rolled," said DB regional boss Jörg Sandvoß. The usual seasonal rush was slightly increased by the 9-euro ticket.

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