Free public transport being planned in Luxembourg

Free public transport being planned in Luxembourg

Free public transport being planned in Luxembourg

The proposal aims to reduce traffic congestion, as despite being a country of just 999 square miles, Luxembourg City suffers from some of the worst traffic congestion in the world.

Fares will be lifted next summer under the recently re-elected coalition government led by Xavier Bettel. Though only 100,000 people live there, an additional 400,000 commute into the city for work. A study published in 2016 found that drivers in Luxembourg City, the Grand Duchy's capital, spent an average of 33 hours stuck in traffic every year.

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.

To the benefit of its people, Luxembourg has adopted a progressive attitude in addressing transportation.

On top of the transport pledge, the new government is also considering legalising cannabis, and introducing two new public holidays.

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

Currently, fares are capped at €2 for anything up to two hours of travel, which covers most journeys in the 2,585 km² nation. The two-time prime minister promised voters that environmental concerns would be of paramount importance while he remained in office, The Guardian reported.

According to The Independent, Luxembourg's transport system costs close to €1bn per year to operate, but as a result of the concessionary offers, fares amount to only €30m annually.

As the paper noted, however, some of the finer points of the plan have yet to be ironed out, including whether trains will still have first and second class compartments and if so, if riders will be charged in those cases. The result gave the coalition 31 seats in the 60-seat chamber.

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