According to a representative survey by management consultants PwC, there is great potential for demand for the planned local and regional transport: 41 percent of those surveyed said they would buy the ticket.

40 percent of car owners also expressed interest, as did almost a third of those surveyed who currently do not have a monthly or other season ticket for local public transport. This shows that public transport with the Deutschlandticket is likely to gain in importance as an alternative to the car, wrote the industry experts at PwC.

The potential is greater in southern Germany than in the north and much greater in the metropolises than in the countryside. For people with low incomes, the demand is also lower.

With the introduction of the Germany ticket, the number of passengers is likely to increase significantly, and not just in leisure travel, said PwC manager Gabriel Flore. In the big cities, however, public transport is already often reaching its capacity limits. A lot of money would be needed for an expansion. In addition, the transport companies already lack qualified personnel. Another challenge is to offer attractive and simple tariffs for the other customers despite Germany tickets and to clear “the tariff jungle”, said Flore.

The nationwide usable ticket for buses and trains in local transport is to come with an introductory price of 49 euros per month and tie in with the popular 9-euro ticket from the summer. So far, the countries are aiming for April 1st as the start.