Good news for all over 65s: The senior ticket for Hesse is scheduled to start on January 1, 2020. It should cost 365 euros a year. It is aimed at the over 1.2 million senior citizens in Hessen and is valid from the age of 65. The ticket can then be used on buses, trams, underground trains, suburban trains and regional trains throughout Hesse on weekdays from 9 a.m. and on weekends and public holidays throughout the day. Now all that remains is for the supervisory boards of the three Hessian transport associations to decide on the new offers in the coming weeks.
The Lord Mayor of Frankfurt and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of RMV, Peter Feldmann, is strongly in favour of the ticket: “For 1 Euro per day everywhere in Hessen. A real price hammer for our seniors“, Feldmann said. “We have already shown with the successful student ticket that more people use public transport if you expand the offer and at the same time reduce the price. The nationally valid ticket will further level the tariff limits in Frankfurt /Rhine-Main. Together with the new neighbourhood tariff, the region is thus growing even closer together. And older people can visit family, friends, acquaintances and do their daily tasks at a reasonable price with buses and trains, which is an important step for a social-ecological traffic turn. Further steps must and will follow. An important demand of our seniors is thus finally fulfilled.“
The Seniorenticket is the logical continuation of the successful concept that was started with the Schülerticket Hessen. For RMV, it is also a logical continuation of the previous senior offers: “Only five years ago, we introduced the first ticket for this generation, the 65-plus Annual Pass. Around 90,000 tickets were sold in 2018. From 2016 to 2018 alone, sales figures for senior citizens' tickets have risen by more than 70 percent. This clearly shows that even the over-65s are extremely mobile with public transport if you make them the right offer“, said RMV Managing Director Knut Ringat.
The plan is to sell the senior ticket before Christmas. In addition to the simple ticket, there should also be an upgrade offer. If you are over 65 and want to travel around the clock, you pay 625 euros for the ticket and can also travel in 1st class, take another adult and any number of children under 14 with you after 7 p.m. and all day on weekends. This corresponds approximately to the price of the previous senior citizens' offer in the NVV in North Hesse (610 euros). Unlike before, this ticket is also valid nationwide and entitles the holder to travel in 1st class.
Over 400.000 student tickets sold in the first year
Since August 1, 2017, all students and trainees have been able to travel across the whole of Hesse for 1 euro a day. The Hessen student ticket costs 365 euros a year. The ticket can be used on buses, trams, underground trains, suburban trains and regional trains throughout Hesse. The attractiveness of the offer is particularly reflected in the enormous increase in sales figures. In the 2015/2016 school year, RMV, NVV and VRN sold a total of 255,000 annual school tickets in Hessen. In the 2017/2018 school year, the new Hessen student ticket was sold 407,000 times. That's an increase of almost 60 percent. “Those who have a flat-rate ticket in their pocket also use it“, said Al-Wazir. “Over 400,000 young people in Hessen are mobile with the Hessen Student Ticket. And one in four of them says that they have been getting on buses and trains more frequently since then. That is a mad success. “
“Many humans want to rethink in the traffic“, explained NVV managing director Wolfgang intoxication. “This is confirmed by new representative surveys. From rethinking to acting, leaving the car standing more often, it is, however, another big step to break away from habits. We want to make this step easier by offering attractive timetables and fares.“ Rausch also emphasised that they wanted to get more in touch with the state and the other two alliances RMV and VRN on how to shape further price developments. „How and in which steps is it going towards the citizen ticket and what can it look like in concrete terms? These are questions that are important to us for the further development of public transport as a whole.“
Pupil and senior tickets should not be the end of the road. The range of flat-rate tickets is to be further expanded. The long-term vision is a low-cost citizen ticket for all Hessians and Hesse. But there will be some time left until that happens.