Luxembourg to be first country to introduce free public transport

Luxembourg to be first country to introduce free public transport

In an effort to reduce traffic congestion and the environmental impact of cars, Luxembourg has announced its plan to become the first country in the world to make all its public transportation free.

Soon, all public transport in Luxembourg will be free as fares for trains, trams, and buses are lifted next summer.

If Luxembourg's newly elected government keeps its campaign promises, residents will be able to use public transportation for free, spend the money saved on legal cannabis, and smoke it on two new public holidays. Although home to around 110, 000 people, the capital witnesses 400,000 commuters coming to the city to work.

A study suggested drivers in the capital spent an average of 33 hours in traffic jams in 2016.

Sandwiched between France, Belgium and Germany, from which nearly 200,000 people enter it daily to work, the Guardian reports.

The move is in keeping with Luxembourg's new transport initiatives.

Luxembourg has previously shown it has a forward-looking attitude towards transport - over the summer, the government introduced free transport for young people under the age of 20.

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

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 policy is yet to be fully thought through, however.

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

The new government coalition only just scraped through with 31 out of 60 seats in Chamber which might present a challenge when it comes to passing new, out-of-the-box policies and legislation.

The CSV, however, lost seats, while the Greens gained three seats.

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