Free public transport being planned in Luxembourg

All transport will soon be free in Luxembourg

Re-elected Luxembourg prime minister Xavier Bettel will make all public transport in his country free from next Summer.

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.

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

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

Traffic congestion is a major problem in Luxembourg, which receives approximately 170,000 cross-border commuters from neighboring France, Belgium and Germany on a daily basis. Earlier this year, a new initiative allowed people under 20 years to travel for free and commuters to only pay €2 (about $2) for up to two hours of travel, which covers most of the tiny country.

The newly elected government in Luxemborg has promised to offer free public transport beginning next summer.

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

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The policy is yet to be fully thought through, however.

There are a few issues to be sorted out before fares are abolished, such as what to do about first- and second-class train compartments.

Bettel only just scraped back into government in the recent election.

Opinion polls before October's poll had indicated that the Christian Social People's party (CSV) - led for 19 years by the European Commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker - would end Bettel's five years as prime minister.

However, because the Greens gained, the three parties in government have 31 seats in the 60-seat chamber.

The new government had also pledged to legalize cannabis, a matter that has sparked public debate.

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