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Germany Slashes Public Transport Rates to Counter Energy Threat

  • Monthly passes for buses and trains cut to 9 euros from June
  • Germany is seeking to reduce its exposure to Russian energy

Germany slashed the price for taking public transport to 9 euros ($9.56) a month as part of a package of measures to counter surging energy prices and cut fuel use as Russia seeks to weaponize energy. 

The monthly passes will be available for three months from June, according to an agreement approved by Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s cabinet on Wednesday. In Berlin, the regular rate for the entire network runs as high as 107 euros.