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According to the German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung, the cheap 9-euro train ticket is leading to a reduction in congestion on German roads. The federal government introduced the cheap train ticket last month to accommodate people in the high energy prices and at the same time promote public transport. According to the newspaper, this seems to be succeeding.

An analysis by traffic data specialist Tomtom for the Deutsche Presse-Agentur shows that in 23 of the 26 cities studied, congestion has decreased compared to the time before the introduction. The data “suggests that this decline is related to the introduction of the nine-euro ticket,” said Tomtom traffic expert Ralf-Peter Schäfer. “Commuters lost less time driving to and from work in June than in May in almost all cities surveyed”, so Schäfer in the article.

According to the Association of German Transport Companies (VDV), around 21 million special tickets were sold nationwide in June, the first month of validity for the nine-euro ticket. “Together with the approximately ten million subscribers who automatically receive the discounted ticket, the number of 30 million tickets per month previously calculated by the industry has not only been reached, but even slightly exceeded,” said VDV President Ingo Wortmann With.

Read the complete article: (Englisch) (German).

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