Leipzig to reduce the annual fee for public transport

The City of Leipzig is ready to gradually introduce a €365 annual pass for public transport. This means that, from August 1, any resident in possession of a a discounted travel card for those on low incomes will be eligible to buy the €365 ticket, which provides unlimited access to the city’s public transport system for the period of one year. The pilot scheme will run for one year, and is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Transport. Furthermore, residents under 27 will also be eligible for the ticket from January 1, 2022.

With this step, Leipzig is following the Vienna model – in 2012, the Capital city reduced the price of its annual travel pass from €449 to €365, and has boosted sales from 321,000 in 2011 to 822,000 in 2018.

Mayor of Leipzig Burkhard Jung said the ticket is a socio-political measure combined with an environmental approach, and while the city had initially wanted to include more people in its launch, budget constraints had scaled back plans, reports Cities-today.

There are also many European cities which are now considering bringing in similar schemes. In 2019, Mayor of Berlin Michael Müller told Swiss newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung that he wanted to pursue the goal of replicating Vienna’s euro a day model “step by step”.

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