This Country Is Making All Public Transit Free

Luxembourg To Make All Public Transport Free Across The Country

The proposal aims to reduce traffic congestion, as despite being a country of just 999 square miles, Luxembourg City suffers from some of the worst traffic congestion in the world.

Luxembourg is set to become the first country to abolish all public transport fares.

The abolition of all fares on trains, trams and buses was a policy proposed by the country's ruling coalition government led by Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, who was sworn in for a second term Wednesday.

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It is home to about 110,000 people, but a further 400,000 commute into the city to work.

Some places around the world offer free transport in a bid to reduce traffic congestion, and in some United States counties the bus system is free, but no other nation has eliminated fares from its entire transport network.

Sandwiched between France, Belgium and Germany, from which nearly 200,000 people enter it daily to work, the Guardian reports.

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Drivers spent an average of 33 hours in traffic jams in 2016, according to a study. As it stands fares are capped at €2 for up to two hours of travel - for a country the size of Oxfordshire, this covers just about every journey. But details of the plan still require some hashing out as there's yet to be a decision on what to do about the existing first- and second-class compartment on some trains. The two-time prime minister promised voters that environmental concerns would be of paramount importance while he remained in office, The Guardian reported.

The CSV, however, lost seats, while the Greens gained three seats.

The coalition won a razor-thin one-seat majority in the October election.

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He now holds 31 seats in the 60-seat chamber, with Mr Bettel's Democratic Party gaining 12 seats and the Socialist Workers' Party and Greens achieving 10 and nine seats respectively.

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