Munich (dpa / lby) - Bavaria is extending the funding of the 365-euro ticket until 2025. The cabinet decided this on Tuesday in Munich. In the traffic areas around the metropolitan areas of Munich, Nuremberg, Würzburg, Regensburg, Augsburg and Ingolstadt, schoolchildren and trainees are already benefiting from the discounted annual ticket. According to Transport Minister Christian Bernreiter (CSU), the Aschaffenburg region and the Neu-Ulm and Lindau districts should be supported on the way to the introduction.
The Free State reimburses the transport associations that offer the ticket for two-thirds of the shortfall in revenue. In the Aschaffenburg region, the 365-euro ticket should be able to start at the beginning of the new school year on August 1, 2023. In the same way, the Free State supports an introduction in the district of Neu-Ulm.
Around 60 percent of the students and trainees in the state benefit from the ticket, said Bernreiter. This means that the goal of the coalition agreement has been implemented. An evaluation is difficult due to the Corona crisis and the 9-euro ticket that is now valid. In the future it will be an addition to the Germany ticket of 49 euros per month, which is to be introduced in 2023. However, there are still many unanswered questions about the billing system and actual user behavior.
"It is clear, however, that not all customers will switch to the Germany ticket," said the State Chancellery's statement at the cabinet meeting. The 365-euro ticket remains necessary and relevant for everyday journeys and for the social participation of young people, and is an important offer for early ties to public transport for young people.
In addition, the cabinet decided that so-called network space extensions are also possible. The local municipalities decide on the expansion of the transport associations, for example in rural areas around the metropolitan areas.