One month after the launch of the Deutschlandtarif, around ten million people have taken out a subscription to a Deutschlandticket. This was reported by the Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland (RND) on Wednesday, citing new figures from the Association of German Transport Companies (VDV). According to the report, about five of the ten million customers are so-called switchers who have switched from their existing subscriptions to the German tariff.
According to the association, a further 4.3 million passengers are new subscribers who have previously purchased, for example, single tickets or monthly tickets without a subscription. Around 700,000 people are new customers.
VDV President Ingo Wortmann assumes that sales figures will continue to rise due to the tariff changes. The number of those who switch from existing subscriptions to the Deutschlandticket will increase significantly in the coming weeks, he told the RND.
Wortmann also called for the expansion of local public transport services. "The expansion and modernisation of the overall public transport system must remain at the top of the political agenda. In addition to the Deutschlandticket, we also need the Deutschlandangebot in public transport," said the association president.
The VDV will talk to the federal and state governments about nationwide improvements in public transport services, he announced. For many people who do not have adequate bus and train services on site, the Deutschlandticket is not enough to be able to switch permanently to public transport.