Luxembourg to be first country to introduce free public transport

Aaron Brown
December 7, 2018

Luxembourg is set to become the first country to abolish all public transport fares.

Currently, fares are all capped at a low level of €2 for up to two hours of travel, which covers nearly any journey in the small nation - which is about the same size as Oxfordshire.

Prime Minister Xavier Bettel's idea therefore means fare on bus rides, trains and trams will completely be scraped off if he lives up to his vision.

However, even this low fare will end under the plans that will be paid for in part by removing a tax break for commuters.

The tiny country which is located in Europe already has free transport for people under the age of 20.

Secondary school students are also provided free shuttle services between their places of study and homes.

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.

The country's total population is around 600,000, but around 200,000 living in the three neighboring nations cross the border each day to work in the tiny state.

Apart from making public transportation free for all, the new government coalition led by Bettel, which consists of the liberal Democratic Party, the leftist Socialist Workers' party, and the Greens, is also considering legalising cannabis for recreational use.

The move to make all public transport in Luxembourg free is aimed at reducing the country's traffic congestion. For example, a decision still needs to be taken on what to do with first- and second-class compartments on trains.

Opinion polls before October's poll had indicated that the Christian Social People's party (CSV) - led for 19 years by the European Commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker - would end Bettel's five years as prime minister. The result gave the coalition 31 seats in the 60-seat chamber.

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