Luxembourg aims to make all public transportation free by 2020

07 December, 2018, 18:02 | Author: Carlos George
  • Luxembourg To Make All Public Transport Free Across The Country

The introduction of free public transport is hoped to reduce this, by encouraging a shift away from commuting in private in private cars.

Sandwiched between France, Belgium and Germany, from which nearly 200,000 people enter it daily to work, the Guardian reports.

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.

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 plan is part of a fresh environmental drive under the administration of Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel after his liberal-led coalition secured a narrow victory in an election in October.

Currently, fares are capped at €2 for anything up to two hours of travel, which covers most journeys in the 2,585 km² nation.

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Secondary school students can use free shuttles between their institution and their home.

The national transport system now costs around €1billion to operate, yet fares only amount to €30million annually, The Independent reports.

The costs of abolishing tickets will be partially covered by removing a tax break for commuters. But details of the plan still require some hashing out as there's yet to be a decision on what to do about the existing first- and second-class compartment on some trains.

The new government coalition only just scraped through with 31 out of 60 seats in Chamber which might present a challenge when it comes to passing new, out-of-the-box policies and legislation.

Bettel, a 45-year-old lawyer who previously served as mayor of Luxembourg City, has been prime minister since December 2013.

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