As a "gross mischief" has the honorary chairman of the passenger association Pro Bahn the proposal of left boss Bernd Riexinger referred to abolish the 1st class in commuter trains. "The problem of overcrowded trains is not necessarily the first class," said Karl-Peter Naumann the news agency dpa. "This is not needed everywhere, but in rush hour or longer regional express trips - such as on routes such as Hamburg-Rostock and Berlin-Cottbus "If I want to create more space, I need longer trains," says Naumann.
Reixinger had justified his initiative by saying that in times of energy transition and the expansion of public transport, it was necessary to provide favorable mobility for all. "We make it possible to carry almost empty wagons with class 1 cars in crowded regional expressions," he told the editorial network Germany. "They should be opened to all, so we would have more capacity in one fell swoop - practically free." In the case of buses, Germany could easily manage without different classes.
However, according to the Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg (VBB), customers do not want to do without first-class areas. Drive in a train a car with fewer first-class seats than planned, immediately received customer complaints, said a spokesman. The Federal Government's Rail Commissioner also rejects Riexinger's proposal, which he criticizes as socialist egalitarianism. "If someone wants to pay for wider seats and more space, then one should allow traveling so," said Enak Ferlemann.