Luxembourg To Make All Public Transport Free Across The Country

Buses in Luxembourg

Buses in Luxembourg

European Union's wealthiest country, Luxembourg, has made history after announcing plans to make public transport free in 2020. As the UK's The Independent newspaper noted, fares are capped at about $2.20 for two hours of travel.

The plans, introduced by Prime Minister Xavier Bettel's coalition government, will see trains, trams and buses run free of charge from next summer.

Part of the cost will apparently be covered by removing a tax break for commuters, and will encourage a shift away from the use of private cars in Luxembourg, where traffic congestion is a serious problem, especially in the city centres.

As of this summer, anyone under the age of 20 can travel free in Luxembourg, while an annual "mPass" for commuters.

High school students are also provided with free shuttle services between school and their homes. The move will also save on the collection and processing of fares and the policing of ticket purchases.

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

Though small, Luxembourg's capital city is marred by a bad case of traffic congestion as 400,000 people work within the city.

Drivers spent an average of 33 hours in traffic jams in 2016, according to a study. The two-time prime minister promised voters that environmental concerns would be of paramount importance while he remained in office, The Guardian reported.

Luxembourg has long taken a progressive approach to public transport.

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.

He now holds 31 seats in the 60-seat chamber, with Mr Bettel's Democratic Party gaining 12 seats and the Socialist Workers' Party and Greens achieving 10 and nine seats respectively.

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