WOW! Luxembourg Plans to Make Public Transport Free in World-First

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Luxembourg plans to make all of its public transport free in a world first, according to the reports.

Here’s what Nexter.org learned about it.

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Luxembourg is set to become the first country in the world to make all its public transport free.

Fares on trains, trams and buses will be lifted next summer under the plans of the re-elected coalition government led by Xavier Bettel, who was sworn in for a second term as prime minister on Wednesday.

Bettel, whose Democratic party will form a government with the leftwing Socialist Workers’ party and the Greens, had vowed to prioritize the environment during the recent election campaign.

The country’s capital Luxembourg City, suffers from chronic traffic congestion despite being home to just 110,000. The free fares plan is the latest step in encouraging citizens to use public transport.

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There is already free transport for under 20s while secondary school students can use free shuttles between schools and their homes.

Policies also include further investment in public services, introducing two new public holidays and legalizing recreational use of cannabis.

How do other countries fight traffics jams

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Luxemburg is not the only country that fights with traffic congestion.

Los Angeles, USA. For example, Elon Musk has revealed a plan for easing congestion in Los Angeles, that is the most congested city in the world according to a global traffic scorecard published annually by Inrix. he offered to build an underground network of tunnels transporting cars on high-speed skates travelling at 130 miles per hour.

Stockholm, Sweden. Stockholm’s electronic road pricing scheme charges motorists for entering the central city on weekdays, between 06.30 and 18.30. Exemptions apply to buses, taxis, eco-fuel cars, emergency vehicles and drivers coming and going from the isolated island of Lidingö.

London, UK. Transport for London’s online journey planner provides instant advice on routes in the UK capital, with users able to opt for multiple modes of transport, including walking, tube train, bus, overground train, river transport and bicycle. The key to the success of the integrated journey planner is the willingness of operators to share information and to provide it to the general public.

Hangzhou, China. The Chinese city of Hangzhou has one of the world’s largest public bike-sharing programmes. The city boasts 67,000 public bikes with 3,000 service points, and had an average daily renting volume of 230,000 bikes in June 2013. One reason for the popularity of the system is its ease of use. The convenience of the bike-renting system has proved popular for daily transport and also, in particular, for travelling between different public transport services.


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