Luxembourg to be first country to introduce free public transport

Pauline Gross
December 7, 2018

This summer, the government introduced free transport for every child and young person under the age of 20.

Luxembourg is set to become the first country in the world to scrap fees on all forms of public transport. Prime Minister Xavier Bettel has promised to make public transit a priority and to lift fares on buses, trains, and streetcars by next summer, the Guardian reports.

Luxembourg is home to slightly over 500,000 people with an area of 2, 586 square kilometers.

Despite its tiny population of 110,000 people, some 400,000, including those from the bordering countries of France, Belgium and Germany commute to the capital city for work.

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.

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High school students are also provided with free shuttle services between school and their homes.

The policy is yet to be fully thought through, however.

As the paper noted, however, some of the finer points of the plan have yet to be ironed out, including whether trains will still have first and second class compartments and if so, if riders will be charged in those cases. During his election campaign, Bettel also emphasized the importance of environmental protection.

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.

The Christian Social People's Party (CSV) - which was led for 19 years by European Union chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker - remained the largest party in parliament, but lost seats, as did the LSAP and the Democratic Party.

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