Free public transport being planned in Luxembourg

All transport will soon be free in Luxembourg

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.

Luxembourg is set to become the first country in the world to make all its public transport free.

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. Though only 100,000 people live there, an additional 400,000 commute into the city for work. On average, it's estimated that drivers in Luxembourg City spend an average of 33 hours in traffic in 2017.

Around 200,000 others cross the border to Germany, France and Belgium daily.

The move to make all public transport in Luxembourg free is aimed at reducing the country's traffic congestion. Last summer, the government provided free public transport for every child and young person under 10, while free shuttle services were made available to secondary school children travelling between home and school.

Bettel's Democratic Party is ruling in coalition with the left-wing Socialist Workers' Party and the Greens.




It's understood abolishing all public transport fares will save the government money on the collection and processing of fares.

And for older Luxembourgers, commuters get two hours of travel for just €2 ($2.27).

The national transport system now costs around €1billion to operate, yet fares only amount to €30million annually, The Independent reports.

No decision has yet been taken on what to do about first- and second-class compartments on trains.

Part of the cost for the initiative will be footed by removing a tax break for commuters.

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

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