Erfurt (dpa/th) - Thuringia wants to try to increase the capacity of the trains when running on certain regional routes after the introduction of the 9-euro ticket. There is no reserve fleet and therefore no more trains, said Transport Minister Susanna Karawanskij (left) on Tuesday in Erfurt. In an emergency, however, their capacity could be adjusted on routes that are particularly popular. "Thuringia is taking its own money into its own hands." It is currently expected to be around one million euros. But it could also be 1.5 million euros, according to the minister.
The managing director of the Verkehrsverbund Mittelthüringen, Christoph Heuing, did not rule out that there could be frustration and disappointment among passengers in view of the huge interest that was emerging in the cheap ticket. As an example, he cited the regional express trains between Erfurt and Jena, which are already often full. The 9-euro ticket, for which advance sales started at the beginning of the week, will be introduced from June to August. The federal government bears the costs exclusively for fare losses by the transport provider. Thuringia should then receive around 33 million euros.