Initiative for digital connectivity in public transport
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People want to travel freely from A to B by public transport. Due to the federal structure of Germany, local public transport, in particular, is structured along regional lines and thus differs from federal state to federal state and from city to city. For this reason, you often reach the limits of integrated transport authorities, and also your own limits: seamless timetable information and tickets are still scarce. Passengers, however, wish for easier access to a mix of different transport services. To improve the interconnection of these services across the borders of federal states and of areas covered by integrated transport authorities, the Federal Ministry of Transport has launched an initiative for digital connectivity in public transport. The adoption of a roadmap outlining the action required, the necessary steps and the corresponding responsibilities for digitally interconnected local public transport was an initial milestone. The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure is also financially supporting the implementation of the roadmap by co-financing relevant funding projects.
Travel without cash
You have undoubtedly experienced a situation like this: you want to buy a ticket, but you do not have the right change for the ticket vending machine. Or you do not know which fare applies to you. This can no longer happen with an eTicket. Because with an electronic ticket, you can ride the bus or train without cash. These digital tickets can be saved on both smart cards and smartphones.
The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure is supporting the introduction of an interoperable (((eTicket Deutschland and has provided financial assistance to numerous projects in this context. The introduction of electronic tickets in Germany is progressing and has evolved very dynamically due to the assistance provided by the Federal Government. In the meantime, almost 350 transport operators have signed an agreement on participation in the (((eTicket Deutschland scheme and have so far issued over 12 million smartcards to their customers on the basis of the common standard.