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Majority in favor of mandatory reservations in long-distance rail transport | Free Press

Intercity and ICE are only a little busy in the corona pandemic. However, many people in Germany would appreciate the obligation to make a reservation to guarantee the necessary distance.

Berlin (dpa) – According to a survey on the Corona crisis, a clear majority of Germans are in favor of a reservation requirement for long-distance rail transport.

In a Yougov poll to protect against coronavirus infection, 63 percent were in favor. 18 percent are against it. Three-quarters of those surveyed also agreed that only one out of every two seats should be filled.

Deutsche Bahn has so far refused to make a reservation. According to the company, 53 percent fewer people took ICE and Intercity trains from January to October than in the same period last year. Currently, the average capacity utilization of trains is 20 to 25 percent. That’s less than half what it was before the Corona crisis.