Luxembourg is set to become the world’s first country to make all its public transportation free of cost. The recently re-elected prime minister Xavier Bettel and the coalition government have broadcasted that they will lift all fares on trains, trams and buses next summer. Taking goal at long travels and the country’s carbon footprint, the new change hopes to ease some of the worst traffic congestion in the world.
Landlocked by Belgium, Germany and France, Luxembourg has more than 400,000 travellers travelling in to work from bordering countries. This year, Luxembourg started offering free conveyance to everyone under the age of 20. Secondary school students have also been able to ride free transports between school and home. Luxembourg presently has the highest figure of cars for its people in the European Union.
As the Guardian reports, a verdict has yet to be taken on what to do about first and second-class sections on trains. Travellers now pay €2 for up to two hours of travel, which covers nearly all trips in the small country. The governing alliance said it planned to overhaul tax breaks for travellers, a profit that has been available based on the distance travelled. Beginning in 2020, all tickets will be eliminated to save on the collection of fares and the monitoring of ticket purchases.