The first country in the world to make all public transport free

Buses in Luxembourg

Soon, all public transport in Luxembourg will be free as fares for trains, trams, and buses are lifted next summer. As the UK's The Independent newspaper noted, fares are capped at about $2.20 for two hours of travel.

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

Part of the cost for the initiative will be footed by removing a tax break for commuters.

Students in secondary schools also have shuttles which ferry them from home to school and back for free.

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

The first-of-its-kind move is expected to relieve chronic congestion in the tiny country's capital, Luxembourg City, where the 110,000 residents are joined by around 400,000 commuters every day.

Luxembourg
Image Fares are currently capped at two euros for two hours of travel

Around 200,000 others cross the border to Germany, France and Belgium daily.

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

The abolition of fares is the latest step in Luxembourg's ambitious public transport project.

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.

Apart from providing free public transport, Bettel's coalition government also intends to legalise cannabis and introduce two new public holidays. The result gave the coalition 31 seats in the 60-seat chamber.

His Democratic Party will form a government with the left-wing Socialist Workers' party and the Greens.

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