Luxembourg became the first country in the world with free public transport
Buses, trams and trains in the country are now free, and you don’t need to buy a ticket.
Luxembourg became the first country in the world to make public transport free. This is reported by the publication 5minutes with reference to the government.
Tickets are no longer required for trains, trams, and buses in Luxembourg. However, we recommend that you have your identity documents with you. Ticket vending machines have already been removed from the tram line, Delano reports.
Travel by transport will be free for both local residents and tourists. Only first-class fare will remain paid.
Luxembourg’s mobility Minister Francois Bausch said that free public transport will be funded by taxes, Delano reports. “This is an element of social justice. Those who earn more pay more taxes, ” he added.
By encouraging the use of public transport, the government aims to ease traffic congestion. Luxembourg has more cars per 1,000 people than anywhere else in the EU, the BBC reports, citing Eurostat. Thanks to this initiative, the number of people using public transport is expected to grow by 20% by 2025. And by 2030, the authorities plan to have a fully electrified fleet of buses.
A country with a population of only 614,000 people is striving for”free mobility”. “The government wants Luxembourg to become a mobility laboratory,” the Minister says.
Francois Bausch stressed that only long-term investments in public transport have allowed the government this luxury-the introduction of free rides. Investment in public transport is 660 euros per person per year. This is the highest rate in Europe.
The need for this investment was obvious: over the past 20 years, Luxembourg has seen a 40% population growth, with more than 200,000 workers coming from neighboring countries.
The Minister also expects that the quality of passenger service will improve, as transport employees will be able to focus on other work instead of ticket control.
In Europe, there are already cities and regions, free public transport. In Tallinn, this decision was made in 2013, but only for local residents. At the end of July 2018, the authorities also introduced free bus travel in 11 of the country’s 15 counties, both for local residents and tourists.
And the introduction of free travel in Dunkirk in Northern France in 2018 led to a sharp increase in the number of bus passengers.