So I’m over there in Deutschland, and the partner says to me, “I’ve got you one of these 9 Euro tickets.”
“Ah, I’ve heard of these.”
Yes I have, due to the online job that I have, where I communicate daily with many Germans.
It’s an (was) interesting idea and one that gave even more benefits, besides just being able to use it on a train.
You could use it on buses, trams, underground systems(?), everything BUT the ICE trains in Germany. The ICEs are the Inter City Express trains, that are not only quicker than normal ones, but have a good deal fewer stops as well.
Not only that, but another huge benefit, was that it did NOT expire after you used it, but was valid for the entire month of August (I believe?).
Many of the trains / buses were packed, and some were not, so it was not a panacea; OTOH, it was just SO convenient to use, and no doubt the German authorities wanted to see just how much of the public transport their citizens would use for one month, if it was, in effect, free.
Why oh why don’t we at least TRY to do this here?