This Country Is Making All Public Transit Free

Blanche Robertson
December 6, 2018

However, a new coalition government is taking office in the Grand Duchy - promising the abolishment of train, tram and bus tickets next summer. 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.

Prime Minister Xavier Bettel has promised to make public transit a priority and to lift fares on buses, trains, and streetcars by next summer, the Guardian reports. The first-of-its-kind move is expected to relieve chronic congestion in the tiny country's capital, Luxembourg City, where the 110,000 residents are joined by around 400,000 commuters every day. 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.

While the country as a whole has 600,000 inhabitants, almost 200,000 people living in France, Belgium and Germany cross the border every day to work in Luxembourg.

The move to make all public transport in Luxembourg free is aimed at reducing the country's traffic congestion. 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.

Luxembourg
Image Fares are currently capped at two euros for two hours of travel

"I'm not sure if making public transport free here in Luxembourg will take more people out of their cars", he said.

Secondary school students can use free shuttles between their institution and their home.

At the start of this month, a number of Ireland's public transport fares changed, with a few of them doing so for the worse.

The Christian Social People's Party (CSV) - which was led for 19 years by European Union chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker - remained the largest party in parliament, but lost seats, as did the LSAP and the Democratic Party.

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