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Germany issues cheap public transport ticket






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Public transport is important in our lives. We use it go to work, visit friends, go sightseeing and go about our daily business. In many countries, trains, buses and subways are expensive. Germany has launched a scheme to make getting around easier. Transport companies have created the Germany Ticket. This allows people to use local and regional transportation across the country for just 49 euros ($54) a month. The ticket is valid for all public transport in Germany except long-distance intercity trains. More than three million tickets sold on the day of the launch.

The new Germany Ticket will be good for the environment. People will leave their cars at home and use environmentally-friendly trains and buses. Germany's Chancellor welcomed the new ticket. He said "this easy and cheap offer will make public transit more attractive and help us to achieve our climate goals". Germany aims to be carbon neutral by 2050. A transportation analyst said: "We need a scheme that puts rail before road and get passengers onto trains and buses". Other countries in Europe may also start a similar ticket.

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