Luxembourg to make public transport free for all

Marsha Scott
December 7, 2018

Opinion polls before October's poll had indicated that the Christian Social People's party (CSV) - led for 19 years by the European Commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker - would end Bettel's five years as prime minister. Luxembourg city has some of the world's worst traffic congestion, according to the Guardian. Though only 100,000 people live there, an additional 400,000 commute into the city for work.

Luxembourg absorbs daily 190,000 workers and employees from neighbouring countries, half of them in France and the other half split between Belgium and Germany.

This comes at a time Kenyans have been forced to put up with a disjointed, chaotic and unsafe public transport which is also costly to many.

Now, from the start of 2020 all tickets will be abolished, saving on the collection of fares and the policing of ticket purchases.

As of this summer, anyone under the age of 20 can travel free in Luxembourg, while an annual "mPass" for commuters.

A free shuttle service is provided for secondary school students between their homes and school and earlier this year free transport was introduced for under 20s.

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Currently, fares are all capped at a low level of €2 for up to two hours of travel, which covers nearly any journey in the small nation - which is about the same size as Oxfordshire.

Part of the cost of eliminating public transport fares will be covered by removing a tax break for commuters.

While citizens will certainly be excited about the prospect of totally free travel, some kinks still need to be ironed out.

No decision has yet been taken on what to do about first- and second-class compartments on trains.

Apart from providing free public transport, Bettel's coalition government also intends to legalise cannabis and introduce two new public holidays.

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