Free public transport being planned in Luxembourg

However, a new coalition government is taking office in the Grand Duchy - promising the abolishment of train, tram and bus tickets next summer.

The coalition government, which comprises Bettel's centrist Democratic party, the left-wing Socialist Workers' Party and the Greens, had campaigned on a promise of increased environmental protection and improved public services.

Grand Duchy Prime Minister Xavier Bettel introduced the plan yesterday, December 5, when he took office for his second term, as reported by The Guardian on the same day. Although home to around 110, 000 people, the capital witnesses 400,000 commuters coming to the city to work.

A study suggested that drivers in the capital spent an average of 33 hours in traffic jams in 2016.

The move to make all public transport in Luxembourg free is aimed at reducing the country's traffic congestion.

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

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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.

"I'm not sure if making public transport free here in Luxembourg will take more people out of their cars", he said.

It's understood abolishing all public transport fares will save the government money on the collection and processing of fares.

As the paper noted, however, some of the finer points of the plan have yet to be ironed out, including whether trains will still have first and second class compartments and if so, if riders will be charged in those cases.

Apart from providing free public transport, Bettel's coalition government also intends to legalise cannabis and introduce two new public holidays.

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

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