Luxembourg to be first country to introduce free public transport

Luxembourg to be first country to introduce free public transport

Luxembourg to be first country to introduce free public transport

Luxembourg is set to become the first country in the world to scrap fees on all forms of public transport. Children and young people under the age of 20 already travel for free and many qualify for an annual mPass, which costs €150.

The transport policy was formulated in response to the traffic congestion being experienced in landlocked Luxembourg.

It's hoped that by 2020, all tickets for public transportation will be abolished, leaving no need for fare collection and policing of ticket purchases and a significant reduction in traffic congestion.

The small European country will lift fares for trains, trams and buses from next summer, under the ambitious new proposals by Xavier Bettel's administration.

Despite its tiny population of 110,000 people, some 400,000, including those from the bordering countries of France, Belgium and Germany commute to the capital city for work.

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Drivers spent an average of 33 hours in traffic jams in 2016, according to a study.

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

Commuters now pay just €2 (£1.78) for up to two hours of travel, or €4 (£3.56) for a day ticket. But details of the plan still require some hashing out as there's yet to be a decision on what to do about the existing first- and second-class compartment on some trains.

The government is also considering legalising cannabis and introducing two new public holidays.

The national public transport system now costs around €1 billion ($1.13 billion) each year to operate, but only recoups around €30 million ($34 million) in fares, The Independent explained. But no other nation has eliminated fares from its entire transport network. During his election campaign, Bettel also emphasized the importance of environmental protection.

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