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German cities are planning to start free public transport services. The German government has suggested this action after the country, together with 7 other EU member states, have not met EU air quality standards. Pollution, especially in large cities, has become a major problem.

Free public transport will be introduced in five cities including Bonn, Essen and Mannheim by the end of the year.

Some major cities have already experimented with free transport services. In Estonia’s capital Tallinn, residents have been able to use buses, trams and trains in the city for free since 2013. Paris and Seattle have tried offering free public transport, but only for a short time.

Germany’s decision to provide free public transport could prove to be expensive for its taxpayers. Many transport services get up to half of their money through ticket sales. Thus, the federal government would have to subsidize free transport in cities heavily. Experts claim that it may cost up to 12 billion euros in extra money to run the system for free.

Critics of the proposal say such a measure could put too much burden on public transport systems in large cities. Berlin, Hamburg and Munich already have major problems during rush hours and experts state that inviting more people to use public transport would overload existing systems. As a result, even more money would be needed to expand the country’s public transport services.

In addition to making cities as car-free as possible, car-sharing schemes, low emission zones and incentives for buying electric cars are also measures that are being considered.

Additional VIDEO:

The video is from DW (Deutsche Welle) Euromaxx

Side note: The moderator speaks very fast! You can click the CC button for captions.

Germany is synonymous with BMW, Porsche, and Mercedes & Co.- but did you know that public transport is also becoming increasingly more important? DW reporter Hannah Hummel drives through Berlin explaining the German transportation system. Why is it important to use? What are the keywords you need to use it effectively? How does it all work in the first place and what should you keep in mind? What role does public transport play in combating climate change? Finally, what are some of the unique quirks that you’ll only find in the German public transportation system? We will take a closer look: How does public transportation work in Germany and how important is it for Germans?

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