Free public transport being planned in Luxembourg

Leroy Wright
December 7, 2018

They have become the first country to make public transport entirely free throughout the country.

The announcement comes just hours after the swearing in of Prime Minister Xavier Bettel who will form a coalition government with two other parties.

The tiny country of just 2590 square kilometres is home to about 110,000 people, but an additional 400,000 travel to the city for work.

Fares are now capped at two euros for two hours of travel, which in a small European nation of just 999 sq miles (2,590 sq km) covers most journeys.

Luxembourg's transport ministry said it cost €491 million a year to run public transport, with ticket sales and subscriptions bringing in €40 million.

It's understood abolishing all public transport fares will save the government money on the collection and processing of fares. On average, it's estimated that drivers in Luxembourg City spend an average of 33 hours in traffic in 2017.

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Luxembourg is a small European country surrounded by Belgium, France and Germany.

Aside from free public transport, Bettel's coalition government seeks to legalize the purchase, possession and consumption of cannabis for recreational use, as per the publication.

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

The finer details are yet to be determined, including what do about first and second- class carriages on trains. The move is aimed at alleviating traffic congestion and furthering Bettel's campaign vow of being environment-friendly.

Mr Bettel only narrowly renewed his five-year premiership by a one-seat majority in the October election.

However, because the Greens gained, the three parties in government have 31 seats in the 60-seat chamber.

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