Luxembourg To Make All Public Transport Free Across The Country

Luxembourg To Make All Public Transport Free Across The Country

Luxembourg City, the capital of the tiny, landlocked European country bears the infamy of being one of the worst traffic congestion-hit cities in the world.

It soon won't cost a cent to ride on public trains, buses and trams in Luxembourg, which is set to become the first country in the world to make all its public transport free.

The re-elected coalition government of liberal Prime Minister Xavier Bettel said "free public transport will be introduced in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg's territory" from early 2020. Although home to around 110, 000 people, the capital witnesses 400,000 commuters coming to the city to work.

Some places around the world offer free transport in a bid to reduce traffic congestion, and in some U.S. counties the bus system is free, but no other nation has eliminated fares from its entire transport network.

The country as a whole has about 200,000 residents and almost 200,000 people from neighbouring countries cross the border each day to work in Luxembourg. Luxembourg has increasingly manifested a progressive attitude when it comes to transportation.

The tiny country which is located in Europe already has free transport for people under the age of 20.

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The government is also considering legalising cannabis and introducing two new public holidays.

Mr Bettel's Democratic party is to form a government with the left-wing Socialist Workers' party and the Greens after he secured a narrow victory in October.

Drivers spent an average of 33 hours in traffic jams in 2016, according to a study.

High school students are also provided with free shuttle services between school and their homes.

Commuters need only pay €2 (US$2.20) for up to two hours of travel, which in a country of just 2,590 square kilometres covers nearly all journeys.

The national public transport system now costs around €1 billion ($1.13 billion) each year to operate, but only recoups around €30 million ($34 million) in fares, The Independent explained. For example, a decision still needs to be taken on what to do with first- and second-class compartments on trains.

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