Europe: Free public transport gains traction | Europe | News and current affairs from around the continent | DW | 05.06.2022
In a bid to reduce global warming and offset rising fuel costs, an increasing number of European countries, cities and regions are making public transport free.
For years, experts and politicians have called for major changes in the transportation sector. While much of the motivation to foster public transport systems largely stemmed from a desire to curb climate change, the war in Ukraine has provided another reason: Using trains, trams and buses, rather than cars, Europeans would reduce their fuel consumption and thus the continent’s dependence on Russian energy imports.
Germany’s lower house of parliament, the Bundestag, introduced a heavily discounted monthly transportation pass, letting people in Germany ride regional public transport for €9(about $9.65) per month in June, July and August. Lawmakers said they hope the pass will save people some money and encourage them to use public transport rather than drive cars.