Luxembourg to become first country to introduce free public transport

All transport will soon be free in Luxembourg

Luxembourg is slated to be the first country in the world to abolish fares from all its forms of public transportation.

Prime Minister Xavier Bettel's idea therefore means fare on bus rides, trains and trams will completely be scraped off if he lives up to his vision.

Around 110,000 people live there but another 400,000 commute in for work every day, while almost 200,000 cross the border from neighbouring France, Belgium and Germany.

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

Luxembourg's transport ministry said it cost €491 million a year to run public transport, with ticket sales and subscriptions bringing in €40 million.

Bettel's Democratic Party, the Socialist Workers Party (LSAP) and the Greens, who have together ruled the Grand Duchy since 2013 signed a new accord until 2023 on Monday and settled ministerial posts on Tuesday.

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

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Luxembourg is a small European country surrounded by Belgium, France and Germany.

The policy will save the government money on the collection and policing of ticket purchases.

Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel promised to prioritise the environment. In a country of only 999 square miles, this covers nearly all journeys, The Guardian noted.

The finer details are yet to be determined, including what do about first and second- class carriages on trains.

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

However, even this low fare will end under the plans that will be paid for in part by removing a tax break for commuters.

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