Luxembourg Becomes First Country to Make All Public Transit Free

Luxembourg will make a historic step by making a change and becoming the first country in the world to make all of its public transportation free.

The newly re-elected prime minister Xavier Bettel and the coalition government have announced that in order to alleviate the traffic congestion, they will lift all fares on trains, trams, and buses next summer.

It now has the highest number of cars for its population in the European Union.

The Guardian reports:

“Luxembourg City, the capital of the small Grand Duchy, suffers from some of the worst traffic congestion in the world. It is home to about 110,000 people, but a further 400,000 commute into the city to work. A study suggested that drivers in the capital spent an average of 33 hours in traffic jams in 2016. While the country as a whole has 600,000 inhabitants, nearly 200,000 people living in France, Belgium and Germany cross the border every day to work in Luxembourg.”

The country has increasingly shown a progressive attitude to transport.  This year, the government started offering free transportation to everyone under the age of 20. Secondary school students could ride free shuttles between school and home.

According to The Guardian, the authorities have to decide what should be done about first and second-class compartments on trains. Commuters now pay €2 for up to two hours of travel, which actually covers all trips in the small country.

The governing coalition reported that their plan is to overhaul tax breaks for commuters, and beginning in 2020, all tickets will be abolished to save on the collection of fares and the policing of ticket purchases.

Furthermore, the new government also plans to legalize cannabis, and to introduce two new public holidays – including 9 May, or “Europe Day”.