According to a study, in order to make local public transport in Germany more attractive, not only permanently cheap tickets are necessary. The majority of Germans are dissatisfied with the public transport infrastructure, the newspapers of the Funke media group (Monday editions) report, citing a study by the Institute for Macroeconomics and Business Cycle Research (IMK) of the Hans Böckler Foundation. There is criticism of the insufficient connection to public transport and the train.
According to the report, just 39 percent of those surveyed said they were positive about the public transport and rail infrastructure. There is a big gap between town and country: According to the information, not even every third person in the country was satisfied (31 percent), in contrast to almost every second person in the city (48 percent). According to Funke Medien, it is also striking that satisfaction with public transport in eastern Germany is significantly higher at 45 percent than in western Germany (38 percent).
The lowest level of acceptance with the existing public transport infrastructure was in Saarland (25 percent). In contrast, satisfaction was highest in the city states of Berlin (58 percent), Hamburg (55 percent) and Bremen (48 percent). According to the survey, 65 percent of those surveyed nationwide would like more investment in public transport.
According to the survey, however, Germans are not only dissatisfied with public transport when it comes to public transport. Just 31 percent of those surveyed were satisfied with the climate and environmental protection in Germany, the newspapers quoted from the IMK study. Two-thirds of those surveyed also complained about the condition of daycare centers, schools, universities and health and care facilities.
Roads, bridges and motorways, the condition of which was criticized by 54 percent of those surveyed in the study, are hardly better off. There are clear differences between the mobile network and the Internet. While just 44 percent are satisfied with the offer in rural areas, the figure is 55 percent in the metropolitan regions. Germans are more positive about the condition of footpaths and cycle paths (49 percent satisfied) and about public safety (50 percent).
Those surveyed see the clearest need for additional investment in health and care. There, 87 percent of those surveyed spoke out in favor of more money for the infrastructure. There is also a high level of approval for more money for daycare centers, schools and universities (79 percent) and for climate and environmental protection (70 percent).
According to Funke Medien, the IMK surveyed a total of 8,483 people between the ages of 18 and 75 for the study from September 28 to October 12, 2021.