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

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

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

In an effort to reduce traffic congestion and the environmental impact of cars, Luxembourg has announced its plan to become the first country in the world to make all its public transportation free. 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.

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.

The costs of abolishing tickets will be partially covered by removing a tax break for commuters.

Claude Moyen, a teacher who travels by train to his school in the town of Diekirch every day, told the Independent he feared the quality of journeys might suffer.

Students in secondary schools also have shuttles which ferry them from home to school and back for free. It may be small, but its capital-Luxembourg City-is regularly snarled up by some of the worst traffic in the world.

Traffic congestion is a major problem in Luxembourg, which receives approximately 170,000 cross-border commuters from neighboring France, Belgium and Germany on a daily basis.

Bettel, whose Democratic party will form a government with the left-wing Socialist Workers' party and the Greens, had vowed to prioritise the environment during the recent election campaign. A decision has yet to be taken on what to do about first- and second-class compartments on trains. Mr Bettel has also promised to legalise cannabis, introduce two new public holidays and increase investment in public services.

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.

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