Munich (dpa / lby) - Because the trains were full after the introduction of the 9-euro ticket, Bavaria's Minister of Transport Christian Bernreiter wants to run additional trains in the Free State. In order to be able to offer further local transport connections on popular routes, especially on weekends and public holidays, the state government is investing eight million euros, the CSU politician announced on Tuesday in Munich. Among other things, it is about the routes Munich - Buchloe, Ulm - Regensburg - Neumarkt and Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Grainau.
According to the information, the Bavarian railway company should use the money together with the respective railway companies to increase connections that are particularly in demand if "an additional offer can realistically be implemented there".
Especially at Pentecost, the 9-euro ticket attracted additional passengers to trains and buses. Many trains were so full that passengers with bicycles in particular could not find a seat.
In the course of the announcement, Bernreiter criticized the discounted monthly ticket itself. It is "at the expense of a sustainable expansion" of local public transport. After the end of the offer at the end of August, there will also be "significant tariff increases", emphasized Bernreiter. "Nevertheless, the passengers shouldn't have to pay for the government's expensive activism." That's why Bavaria is now voluntarily handing over money for further connections.