The railroad initially preferred to be open about how this could look, since there are different types of season tickets. For train tickets to and from mainz main station there is a possibility of free reimbursement in long-distance traffic if the train does not stop there. For delays of more than one hour, the right to compensation applies. The chairwoman of the green parliamentary group in the bundestag, renate kunast, had called on the railroad to reimburse all season ticket holders.
The bundestag will deal with the massive personnel problems of the railroad at the mainz signal box only later. A special meeting of the transportation committee with minister peter ramsauer (CSU), requested by the SPD for this friday, will not take place. This was confirmed by the office of committee chairman anton hofreiter (grune) on thursday in response to a request for information. At first there was no new date.
SPD transportation expert soren bartol accused union and FDP of blocking the session, which would have required a green light from bundestag president norbert lammert during the summer recess. "While the signalmen are to be brought out of vacation, the black-yellow coalition factions obviously don’t want to cancel the vacation of the federal minister of transportation," bartol criticized.
Lammert rejected the special session according to dpa information, since a special urgency was not given. This is also reported by the "ruhr nachrichten" (friday). The CDU/CSU and FDP had held a committee meeting on 2. September brought into the conversation. Then a plenary session of the bundestag is also scheduled. However, the SPD had rejected this and referred to the parliamentary right to immediate and direct information by the government.