As one of the few municipalities in Germany Monheim has decided, on the Rhine, the introduction of a Free transport. The city Council of the 44 000 inhabitants of the commune near Düsseldorf voted on Wednesday evening unanimously in Monheim reported citizens to the latest figures from April 2020 nothing more for bus rides. Newcomers, however, must still purchase Tickets. For the implementation of the decision the green light of the Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr, which includes, in addition to Monheim Dusseldorf and the Ruhr area is still missing. This could happen in late summer.

Monheims urban fleet of 47 buses. The city notified citizens should also be able to neighboring Langenfeld free ride. A train Monheim has not, the buses taxes but S-Bahn-stops beyond the city limits – there is, for example, commuters can change to the S-Bahn and Düsseldorf or Cologne. For a trip like this the price is cut in half. For the declines in ticket revenue pays Monheim per year, about three million Euro to the local public transport company.

Not a new idea

Quite new as a concept is not, in Templin, Germany, buses from 1998 were Free to 2003 on-the-go. In the Bavarian town of Pfaffenhofen, a six-line carry for the end of 2018, buses, free of charge, Locals and Newcomers, and since then the passenger figures have more than doubled.

ky / REUTERS topics in this article transport Monheim Monheim am Rhein, North Rhine-Westphalia, the municipality of Düsseldorf, Germany S-Bahn

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