Luxembourg to become first country to make all public transport free

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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.

In January 2013, Tallinn, Estonia became the first capital city in the European Union to give its residents a free ride on public transport.

The re-elected coalition government of liberal Prime Minister Xavier Bettel said "free public transport will be introduced in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg's territory" from early 2020.

Press reports said the traffic problem was a major challenge for politicians seeking election as congestion was set to worsen with population growth in Luxembourg.

Luxembourg is a small European country surrounded by Belgium, France and Germany. Luxembourg has increasingly manifested a progressive attitude when it comes to transportation. This summer, the government brought in free transport for every child and young person under the age of 20.

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The Old Quarter is a UNESCO world heritage site

Policies also include further investment in public services, introducing two new public holidays and legalising recreational use of cannabis. This will also save money on fare collection and ticket inspection.

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.

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

As the paper noted, however, some of the finer points of the plan have yet to be ironed out, including whether trains will still have first and second class compartments and if so, if riders will be charged in those cases.

The CSV, however, lost seats, while the Greens gained three seats. It now holds 31 seats in the 60-seat chamber-12 for Bettel's Democratic Party, 10 for the Socialist Workers' Party and nine for the Greens.




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