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All public transport accessible in Austria thanks to the Klimaticket

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For the equivalent of around 3.50 euros a day, Austrians now have access to virtually all transport systems in the country, from the Vienna metro to the trains that connect the capital to Tyrol.

The concept already exists in Switzerland. But in this much smaller country, the subscription is significantly more expensive than that offered in neighboring Austria.

In addition to the attractive price, the government praises the simplicity of this new transport ticket.

We no longer need to ask ourselves the question: “How am I going to buy my ticket? Can I buy it on the bus or do I have to buy it before getting on board?”

A quote from Leonore Gewessler, Minister of the Environment of Austria

I really had to get used to not buying myself a ticket. It was strange at first, admits Andreas Lindinger, a sustainability consultant, who quickly got hold of the card.

Sustainability consultant Andreas Lindinger.

Sustainability consultant Andreas Lindinger quickly purchased his Klimaticket.

Photo: TurnedNews.com / Raphaël Bouvier-Auclair.

the Klimaticket has only been on sale for a few weeks, but its popularity is already showing. More than 130,000 subscriptions have already been sold across the country.

People flocked to the outlets. There were long lines. So the interest among the population is very high, explains Andrej Korenic, researcher at the Vienna University of Technology.

Sufficient to encourage a transition in transport?

The introduction of this universal transport ticket is part of an Austrian government strategy aimed at carbon neutrality by 2040.

An advertisement for the Klimaticket at the train station in Vienna, Austria.

130,000 Klimaticket subscriptions have been sold since its launch in October.

Photo: TurnedNews.com / Raphaël Bouvier-Auclair.

But Andrej Korenic doubts that the Klimaticket encourages enough motorists to abandon their cars in favor of public transport.

Price is not the only factor or the most important factor when it comes to choosing between car and public transport.

A quote from Andrej Korenic, researcher at the Vienna University of Technology

In addition to prices, public transport must be made more attractiveadds Sebastian Kummer, director of the Institute of Transport and Logistics at the University of Vienna for Economics and Business.

The expert points out, for example, that a significant proportion of the Austrian population lives outside large urban centers, where access to the rail network is limited.

Researcher Sebastian Kummer, specialist in transport and mobility issues.

Researcher Sebastian Kummer believes that it will take more than affordable prices to ensure a mobility transition in Austria.

Photo: TurnedNews.com / Raphaël Bouvier-Auclair.

According to Sebastien Kummer, it is therefore essential that the initiative is accompanied by investments in transport infrastructure.

The main roads, Vienna-Salzburg for example, are already full. If demand increases, it will be necessary to adjust the supply, he underlines, specifying that with the introduction of Klimaticket, more riders could travel on these routes.

In this regard, Austria has announced an investment of more than 2 billion euros for its rail network in 2021.

In addition, the government will also have to spend to finance the costs associated with Klimaticket. Vienna plans to invest 150 million euros annually, and even more for the first year, in order to financially compensate all the public and private networks of public transport that the owners of the card can use.

A tram in Vienna, the capital of Austria.

Public transport is already the most widely used mode of mobility in Vienna, the Austrian capital.

Photo: TurnedNews.com / Raphaël Bouvier-Auclair.

I think it’s fair to invest in sustainable transport and in this subscription, says the consultant Andreas Lindinger, who points out that the government is also investing a lot of money to maintain its road network.

While he welcomes the possible impacts of Klimaticket On the sustainability front, Andreas Lindinger is also delighted with the advantages that the card represents for him as a user.

With the same ticket, he can regularly take the train to visit his parents who live in another region of the country. His subscription will also allow him to travel regularly to indulge his passion: hiking near the mountains and lakes abounding Austria.

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