This Country Is Making All Public Transit Free

In 2016 more than 100 million passengers used public transport in the country

In 2016 more than 100 million passengers used public transport in the country

It soon won't cost a cent to ride on public trains, buses and trams in Luxembourg, which is set to become the first country in the world to make all its public transport free.

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.

Currently, commuters pay just £1.78 for two hours of travel - but even this low fare will be scrapped under the plan.

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

A free shuttle service is provided for secondary school students between their homes and school and earlier this year free transport was introduced for under 20s.

In a bid to ease the pressure on the country's road network, all public transport tickets will be abolished from summer 2019.

Luxembourg absorbs daily 190,000 workers and employees from neighbouring countries, half of them in France and the other half split between Belgium and Germany. The two-time prime minister promised voters that environmental concerns would be of paramount importance while he remained in office, The Guardian reported. In a country of only 999 square miles, this covers nearly all journeys, The Guardian noted.

The government is also considering legalising cannabis and introducing two new public holidays.

The finer details of the proposal are still to be determined - including what to do about first and second-class carriages on trains.

The foreign policy of the European Union's wealthiest but second smallest state is unlikely to change much, with Jean Asselborn keeping his post as foreign minister while Pierre Gramegna remains finance minister in the new administration. The result gave the coalition 31 seats in the 60-seat chamber.

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