This country to have free public transport for all

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Luxembourg is set to become the first country in the world to make all of its public transport free of charge. On top of that, there's an extremely low far of only €2 (S$3.1) for two hours of travel, which in such a small country covers nearly all journeys.

Prime Minister Xavier Bettel's idea therefore means fare on bus rides, trains and trams will completely be scraped off if he lives up to his vision.

Part of the cost of eliminating public transport fares will be covered by removing a tax break for commuters.

The tiny country which is located in Europe already has free transport for people under the age of 20.

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.

Luxembourg City has some of the worst traffic congestion in the world, The Guardian reported.

While the country as a whole has 600,000 inhabitants, almost 200,000 people living in France, Belgium and Germany cross the border every day to work in Luxembourg.

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

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

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

Mr Bettel's Democratic party is to form a government with the left-wing Socialist Workers' party and the Greens after he secured a narrow victory in October.

Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel promised to prioritise the environment.

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. Luxembourg has increasingly manifested a progressive attitude when it comes to transportation. The result gave the coalition 31 seats in the 60-seat chamber.

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