The first country in the world to make all public transport free

Sergio Conner
December 6, 2018

Trains, tram and bus fares will all be lifted from 2020 in the 999 sq mile European nation, under ambitious government proposals. This is one part of the plans of the re-election coalition government led by Xavier Bettel has been sworn in as Prime Minister for a second term.

The country's capital Luxembourg City, suffers from chronic traffic congestion despite being home to just 110,000.

While the country as a whole has 600,000 inhabitants, almost 200,000 people living in France, Belgium and Germany cross the border every day to work in Luxembourg.

The move is in keeping with Luxembourg's new transport initiatives.

Some places around the world offer free transport in a bid to reduce traffic congestion, and in some United States counties the bus system is free, but no other nation has eliminated fares from its entire transport network.

Most people working in the city commute from the neigbouring countries and are set to benefit from the free public transport system. This summer, the government introduced free transport for every child and young person under the age of 20.

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On top of the transport pledge, the new government is also considering legalising cannabis, and introducing two new public holidays.

Secondary school students are also provided free shuttle services between their places of study and homes. As the UK's The Independent newspaper noted, fares are capped at about $2.20 for two hours of travel.

At the start of this month, a number of Ireland's public transport fares changed, with a few of them doing so for the worse.

The government, however, has yet to divulge their plans for the 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.

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