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Germany’s Ultra-Cheap Train Ticket Saved 1.8 Million Tons of CO2

Passengers board a train at Berlin Central Station in June.
Passengers board a train at Berlin Central Station in June.Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg
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Germany’s three-month experiment with super-cheap public transport reduced carbon dioxide emissions equivalent to powering about 350,000 homes for a year.

The 9-euro ($9) monthly ticket, which allows nationwide travel on regional trains, subways, trams and buses, prevented 1.8 million tons of CO2 because commuters didn’t use their cars as much, according to the VDV public-transport lobby.