World|life|January 16, 2019 / 05:35 PM
Luxembourg makes all public transport free

AKIPRESS.COM - With a population of 602,000, Luxembourg is one of Europe's smallest countries -- yet it suffers from major traffic jams, CNN reports. 

But that could be about to change. Last month, it announced plans to make all public transport -- trains, trams and buses -- free from March 2020.

The government hopes the move will alleviate heavy congestion and bring environmental benefits, according to Dany Frank, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Mobility and Public Works.

Landlocked Luxembourg is one of the richest countries in Europe, with the highest per capita GDP in the European Union.

Taking up 2,586 square kilometers, Luxembourg is roughly the size of Rhode Island. From the capital of Luxembourg City, Belgium, France and Germany can all be reached by car in half an hour.

High housing costs, especially in Luxembourg City, mean more than 180,000 of its workforce commute from those neighboring countries every day.

Luxembourg's public transport system covers the whole country and costs $562 million (€491 million) per year to run. Each year, it generates around $46 million (€40 million) in ticket sales, according to the ministry.

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