Luxembourg to become first country to make all public transport free

Luxembourg to become first country to make all public transport free

The country's total population is around 600,000, but around 200,000 living in the three neighboring nations cross the border each day to work in the tiny state.

Asides the free public transport pledge, the new government is also considering legalising cannabis and introducing two new public holidays.

The tiny European Union country of Luxembourg is seeking to make travel free on its trains, trams and buses as part of efforts to reduce traffic congestion and air pollution.

The Luxembourg Prime Minister was sworn in for a second term on Wednesday after his liberal-led coalition secured a narrow victory in an election in October.

Commuters need only pay €2 (US$2.20) for up to two hours of travel, which in a country of just 2,590 square kilometres covers nearly all journeys.

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.

Students in secondary schools also have shuttles which ferry them from home to school and back for free.

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Bettel's Democratic Party is ruling in coalition with the left-wing Socialist Workers' Party and the Greens.

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

The national transport system now costs around €1billion to operate, yet fares only amount to €30million annually, The Independent reports.

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

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

Bettel, a 45-year-old lawyer who previously served as mayor of Luxembourg City, has been prime minister since December 2013.

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