We have now arrived at Potsdamer Platz. Andreas Knie answers the final questions in the city traffic.
You’re relying on a strong public transport system: How would you pull bus and rail transport out of the Coronavirus crisis?
Public transport companies need to be more flexible. We all adjusted our lifestyles during the pandemic. Many people only travel to the office two or three times a week now. Work has distanced itself from time and space – however, the rail prices are as rigid as they were before Coronavirus. That needs to change.
What do you suggest?
One option is digital pay-as-you-go models. Meaning that I don’t need to buy a monthly pass in advance, instead I use my smart phone to check myself in and out when travelling, like with e-Scooter providers or here at WeShare. You are billed for what you actually use. This ensures that I am always getting the best price in retrospect.
Which is your favourite mode of transport?
My feet... but obviously that is for shorter distances (he laughs). For longer journeys, I like to ride my bicycle or e-bike. If I need a car, I book one through carsharing. What’s interesting is that often I only do that because I communicate best in the car. I travel around the city a lot. So when I realise that I am scheduled to be in a meeting shortly and won’t be able to make it to the office in time, I hire a car. Sometimes I don’t even drive, I just make use of the quiet meeting room.