Row over Germany’s Experimental Public Train Pass Jumping from €9 to €49

Germany plans to replace its experimental €9-a-month local public transport pass - introduced in the summer - with a €49 version, a move that many fear will freeze out millions of Germans suffering under a cost of living crisis.

While transport experts welcomed the news, representatives of charities and social care institutes called the new rate a gift to the middle classes, particularly those who commute for work, and warned that its price tag would be beyond the reach of millions.

Even at the new rate, the program is expected to require €3bn in taxpayer subsidies, according to The Guardian. It could be introduced as early as JAN 2023.

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