Sunday, 16 December, 2018

Free public transport being planned in Luxembourg

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Ellis Copeland | 07 December, 2018, 17:58

European Union's wealthiest country, Luxembourg, has made history after announcing plans to make public transport free in 2020. On top of that, there's an extremely low far of only €2 (S$3.1) for two hours of travel, which in such a small country covers nearly all journeys.

Children and young people under the age of 20 already ride free on public buses, trams and trains in Luxembourg, thanks to a policy change introduced by Bettel's government earlier this year.

Mr Bettel was sworn in for a second term on Wednesday, having promised to prioritise environmental issues.

In a bid to ease the pressure on the country's road network, all public transport tickets will be abolished from summer 2019. On average, it's estimated that drivers in Luxembourg City spend an average of 33 hours in traffic in 2017.

The free fares plan is the latest step in encouraging citizens to use public transport.

Students in secondary schools also have shuttles which ferry them from home to school and back for free.

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The finer details of the proposal are still to be determined - including what to do about first and second-class carriages on trains.

Traffic congestion is a major problem in Luxembourg, which receives approximately 170,000 cross-border commuters from neighboring France, Belgium and Germany on a daily basis.

According to The Independent, Luxembourg's transport system costs close to €1bn per year to operate, but as a result of the concessionary offers, fares amount to only €30m annually.

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

His Democratic Party will form a government with the left-wing Socialist Workers' party and the Greens.

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