In the first of its kind, Luxembourg is going to become the first country to have free public transport. This small country with a population of 600,000 faces some of the worst traffic jam. The capital city is home to about 110,000 people and approx 400,000 people who commute daily(in which approx 200,000 people commute from neighbouring countries like France, Belgium and Germany for work) , the traffic was one of the very prominent topics in the country.
The policy is to be implemented from summer of 2020. Abolishing the ticket system will help in saving collection and processing of fares and may also encourage ina shift from private cars to city convenience thus decreasing congestion.
Currently, the transport system costs close to €1 bn/year in which the partly concessionary offers fares amount to €30 million annually.
The re-elected coalition government headed by PM Xavier Bettel in its manifestation has given environmental protection a key part.
The government had made policy under which this summers will see free transport for every child and young under the age of 20. Not only that but the secondary school students can also use the free shuttle between their institution and home.
The current fares are €2 up to 2 hours of travel which covers almost any journey of the entire country having a total area of 999 sq mi(2,590 sq km.)
Many think that the policy is not fully thought and there are some apprehensions regarding the policy in public.
Some fears the quality of travels and journey will decrease and many fears that homeless will shift from roads to the train in winter to stay warm.
The state has yet to decide about the demarcation of first and second class passengers. The first class ticket costs €3. The all-day second class ticket costs €4 and the annual pass is €150 for all public transport.
The new government is also debating about the legalisation of E cannabis for recreational purposes(purchase, possess and consumption) and two new public holidays (9th of May and Europe Day).