Luxembourg aims to make all public transportation free by 2020

Elias Hubbard
December 6, 2018

However, a new coalition government is taking office in the Grand Duchy - promising the abolishment of train, tram and bus tickets next summer. 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.

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.

In a bid to do away with its traffic woes and keep up with its promises of social welfare, the Xavier Bettel-led government in Luxembourg has chose to provide free public transport to commuters. On average, it's estimated that drivers in Luxembourg City spend an average of 33 hours in traffic in 2017.

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

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.

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

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

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

It's understood abolishing all public transport fares will save the government money on the collection and processing of fares.

The government, however, has yet to divulge their plans for the first- and second-class compartments on trains.

The CSV, however, lost seats, while the Greens gained three seats.

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