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The Austria-wide climate ticket gives Vorarlberg an unexpected windfall. There is an additional eight million euros from the income from the climate ticket. Now the money has to be spent somehow earmarked.

With the climate ticket, all public transport throughout Austria can be used annually for EUR 1,095. 165,000 climate tickets have been sold in Austria so far. Vorarlberg also receives part of the income – and that is around eight million euros per year.

However, the money must not simply be spent, it is earmarked. The country can use it to lower public transport tariffs or create connections. The annual ticket is already very cheap at 365 euros. So what remains is the expansion of the connections. Since train connections are not a state matter, the money will be invested primarily in bus connections, explains Mobility Councilor Daniel Zadra (Greens). In rural areas such as the Klostertal or the Große Walsertal, the money should be used to improve the offer. In the metropolitan areas, Zadra can imagine even better clocking.

Zadra can imagine metrobus lines

As always with budget issues, it is important that the money is spent. Otherwise it’s gone. That is why the country is now also considering connections that have previously been difficult to finance. For example, Zadra speaks of metro bus lines. Lines like this lead directly and as quickly as possible from A to B. Here, Zadra is primarily thinking of connections via Lustenau in the direction of Dornbirn, because there is no rail traffic there.

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It could now also become much easier for the various rural and city bus operators in the country to push through requests for new connections.

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