Luxembourg to make public transport free for all

Luxembourg To Make All Public Transport Free Across The Country

Luxembourg to be first country to introduce free public transport

They have become the first country to make public transport entirely free throughout the country. On top of that, there's an extremely low far of only €2 (S$3.1) for two hours of travel, which in such a small country covers nearly all journeys.

The plan is part of a fresh environmental drive under the administration of Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel after his liberal-led coalition secured a narrow victory in an election in October.

In order to fund the initiative, a percentage of the cost will be covered by removing a tax break for commuters.

Claude Moyen, a teacher who travels by train to his school in the town of Diekirch every day, told the Independent he feared the quality of journeys might suffer.

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The newly elected government in Luxemborg has promised to offer free public transport beginning next summer.

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

Now, from the start of 2020 all tickets will be abolished, saving on the collection of fares and the policing of ticket purchases.

Apart from providing free public transport, Bettel's coalition government also intends to legalise cannabis and introduce two new public holidays.

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Drivers spent an average of 33 hours in traffic jams in 2016, according to a study. The introduction of free public transport is hoped to reduce this, by encouraging a shift away from commuting in private in private cars.

The government, however, has yet to divulge their plans for the first- and second-class compartments on trains.

He now holds 31 seats in the 60-seat chamber, with Mr Bettel's Democratic Party gaining 12 seats and the Socialist Workers' Party and Greens achieving 10 and nine seats respectively.

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