In Germany, public transport will be free, and this is not a joke.
Germany, which is considered a country of cars, surprised its neighbors with an unexpected decision - to make public transport free to reduce the number of vehicles on the roads and, thus, to reduce the concentration of emissions of harmful substances. For several years now, the emission of greenhouse gases in Germany has exceeded the norm, and Berlin is trying to avoid heavy fines.
“We are considering the option of making public transport free to reduce the number of personal vehicles,” the government said. “Effectively combating air pollution without any unnecessary delay is the top priority for Germany.”
Experiment with transport will be conducted by the end of 2018 in five cities of West Germany, including the former capital of Germany Bonn and such industrial cities as Essen and Mannheim.
Source: The Guardian
The European Commission threatens Germany with a lawsuit due to the fact that in many large cities of the Federal Republic of Germany for several years the permissible level of nitric oxide in the air in the EU due to the exhaust gases of cars with diesel engines has been exceeded.
Public transport is very popular in Germany, given its efficiency and relative cheapness compared to other major European countries - one ticket in Berlin costs 2.90 euros (more than 212 rubles). In 2017, the number of passenger traffic reached 10.3 billion, and serious planning will be required before you can switch to free travel.
In this case, critics of the idea of free travel indicate high costs, as well as its impracticability in the near future. After all, the annual revenues of public transport companies in Germany amount to 13 billion euros, and for the implementation of such a project much more personnel and vehicles will be required.