Luxembourg set to become first country to provide free public transport

Lester Mason
December 6, 2018

The European country's recently re-elected coalition government led by Prime Minister Xavier Bettel has promised to lift fares on trains, trams and buses nationwide by summer 2019, The Guardian reported.

To the benefit of its people, Luxembourg has adopted a progressive attitude in addressing transportation. Prime Minister Bettel, who sworn in for a second term Wednesday will form a coalition with left-wing Socialist Workers' party and the Greens, had previously vowed to prioritise the environment throughout its election campaign.

Policies also include further investment in public services, introducing two new public holidays and legalising recreational use of cannabis.

Luxembourg City suffers from some of the worst traffic congestion in the world. A recent study cited by The Guardian showed that drivers in the capital spent an average of 33 hours in traffic snarl-ups in 2016.

Sandwiched between France, Belgium and Germany, from which nearly 200,000 people enter it daily to work, the Guardian reports. Earlier this year, a new initiative allowed people under 20 years to travel for free and commuters to only pay €2 (about $2) for up to two hours of travel, which covers most of the tiny country.

There is already free transport for under 20s while secondary school students can use free shuttles between schools and their homes.

It's hoped that by 2020, all tickets for public transportation will be abolished, leaving no need for fare collection and policing of ticket purchases and a significant reduction in traffic congestion.

The policy is yet to be fully thought through, however. But details of the plan still require some hashing out as there's yet to be a decision on what to do about the existing first- and second-class compartment on some trains.

However, because the Greens gained, the three parties in government have 31 seats in the 60-seat chamber.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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