Notorious for being home to one of the most congested road networks, this plan should ease traffic and travel expenditure in Luxembourg. By Gayatri Moodliar
Xavier Bettel, who was recently re-elected as Luxembourg’s prime minister of the new coalition government, has promised to prioritise the environment and sustainable ways of travelling as he embarks on his new tenure. One way of doing so will be to drop the fares on buses, trams and trains (a decision hasn’t yet been made on what to do about the fares for first- and second-class compartments in trains), thereby giving Luxembourg the distinction of being the first country in the world to make public transport free. Set to come into motion this summer, the country has already set a precedent of appealing transport plans by recently making public transport free of cost for all students below the age of 20.
A study cited by The Guardian reports that traffic in Luxembourg City is the hot-bed of trouble, as the city is home to 1,10,000 people but over 4,00,000 commute into the city for work purposes. The study illustrated that in 2016, ‘drivers in the capital spent an average of 33 hours in traffic jams in 2016.’
One of the smallest countries in the world, Luxembourg measures up to an area of 2,586 square kilometres—the entire country is smaller than US’ Rhode Island.
Some other promises made by Bettel were to attempt to legalise cannabis and announce two more public holidays.