Wednesday, 24 April, 2019

Luxembourg set to become first country to provide free public transport

In 2016 more than 100 million passengers used public transport in the country In 2016 more than 100 million passengers used public transport in the country
Steven Clarke | 06 December, 2018, 15:53

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

The coalition government, which comprises Bettel's centrist Democratic party, the left-wing Socialist Workers' Party and the Greens, had campaigned on a promise of increased environmental protection and improved public services. A study published in 2016 found that drivers in Luxembourg City, the Grand Duchy's capital, spent an average of 33 hours stuck in traffic every year.

The move, which is scheduled to come as a major relief to Luxembourgers during next summer, shall witness fares lifted on trains, trams and buses, The Guardian reported.

With a population of 600,000 inhabitants, Luxembourg also proves to be the workplace of 200,00 people from France, Belgium and Germany who cross the border daily to work.

Currently, commuters only have to pay €2 (about P120) for up to two hours of travel, the report stated.

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Luxembourg has previously shown it has a forward-looking attitude towards transport - over the summer, the government introduced free transport for young people under the age of 20. Luxembourg has a minimum wage of €1,999 (S$3,100) with an income tax of 16~18% if you earn around that wage.

It's hoped that by 2020, all tickets for public transportation will be abolished, leaving no need for fare collection and policing of ticket purchases and a significant reduction in traffic congestion. A decision has yet to be taken on what to do about first- and second-class compartments on trains.

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

Bettel only just scraped back into government in the recent election.

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