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October 28 , 2021


The $3.50 go-anywhere ticket to fight climate change

CNN 
27th October 2021 (Austria)

You wake up in suburban Innsbruck, the snowcapped peaks of the Austrian Tyrol glistening in the distance. After breakfast you hop a tram to Innsbruck Hauptbahnhof, the city's main railway station and climb aboard an Austrian Railways ÖBB Railjet bound for Vienna.

 
After more than four hours crossing some of the prettiest scenery in central Europe, you arrive beneath the undulating zig-zagged roof of Wien Hauptbahnhof, from where you head down into the curving tunnels of Südtiroler Platz metro station.
 
After rumbling through six stops of the city's U1 metro line, you reach Praterstern, not far from the shores of the Danube River. From there, it's a short stroll to catch a regional train on the S4 line, heading north a further nine stops to Korneuburg.
We're not done traveling yet.
 
Here you climb aboard bus 853 for the final leg, a gentle 20-plus minute trundle through quiet, leafy streets, past compact one-story homes, until it's time to finally disembark beside the plain clocktower in the village of Enzersfeld.
 
Give or take the occasional stop for refreshments -- perhaps a bosna sausage and a cream-topped Viennese coffee -- you've been on the go, on public transport, for more than eight hours, clocking up hundreds of miles across bus, rail, tram and metro services.
 
And how much has this epic ride cost you? Just $3.50 (or €3).
 
Fifteen years after it was first proposed, Austria's new Klimaticket, or climate ticket, goes live on October 26. Offering seamless travel across all modes of public transport it is intended to galvanize the Alpine nation's fight against climate change.
 
The annual pass, priced at $1,267 (€1,095), works out at just $24 (€21) per week or $3.50 a day. If all goes according to plan, it should encourage people to swap their cars for more climate-friendly forms of getting around.

Source
https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/austria-klimaticket/index.html

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