In the ongoing energy dispute between Europe and Russia, Germany has taken numerous steps to accelerate the phase-out of oil and gas. It has resolved to make energy more affordable for individuals and businesses. It has pushed for solar panels to be installed on every public building by 2025.
To encourage people to use public transportation instead of driving, Germany has reduced train, tram, and bus fares to nine euros ($9.56) per month for the entire summer.
This price cut represents a 90% reduction in the regular monthly cost of public transportation in Berlin. The new price will be available to German commuters beginning in early June.
The Ukraine conflict has highlighted Germany’s reliance on Russian gas, and the European Union’s largest economy is now under intense pressure to cut energy ties with Vladimir Putin’s regime. However, Germany’s government has taken steps to reduce energy consumption while also accelerating the development of new renewable energy sources.
The greatly reduced public transportation costs this summer will apply to citizens across the country who use local and inter-regional buses and trains. This will help the country reduce its energy consumption and benefit lower-income Germans.
“This relieves the burden not only for those who already travel a lot with local public transportation,” said Katharina Droege, co-leader of the Green Party’s parliamentary caucus. “It is also an invitation to those who want to try out the bus and train for work, vacation, or visiting friends.”