Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Luxembourg to be first country to introduce free public transport

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Jeannette Daniel | 06 December, 2018, 15:53

Bettel's Democratic Party, the Socialist Workers Party (LSAP) and the Greens, who have together ruled the Grand Duchy since 2013 signed a new accord until 2023 on Monday and settled ministerial posts on Tuesday.

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

The move to make all public transport in Luxembourg free is aimed at reducing the country's traffic congestion. Luxembourg city has some of the world's worst traffic congestion, according to the Guardian.

It is home to about 110,000 people, but a further 400,000 commute into the city to work.

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

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Other than their transport promise, Bettel's new coalition government says it is also considering the legalization of cannabis and the introduction of two new public holidays, including "Europe Day" on May 9. As the UK's The Independent newspaper noted, fares are capped at about $2.20 for two hours of travel.

"I'm not sure if making public transport free here in Luxembourg will take more people out of their cars", he said.

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

Now, from the start of 2020 all tickets will be abolished, saving on the collection of fares and the policing of ticket purchases. 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 Christian Social People's Party (CSV) - which was led for 19 years by European Union chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker - remained the largest party in parliament, but lost seats, as did the LSAP and the Democratic Party.

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