Luxembourg will be the first country to completely abolish public transport fees. About this writes The Guardian.
Charging for travel on trains, trams and buses will cease from the summer of 2019. In addition, since the beginning of 2020 it is planned to cancel the ticket system altogether and thus save on the regulation of this sphere and tariff fees. At the same time, the question of what to do with the division of cars in trains into first and second classes has not yet been resolved.
Currently in Luxembourg, people under the age of 20 can travel by public transport for free – this rule applies from last summer. In addition, passengers traveling from the suburbs pay only two euros for any trip within two hours.
In Estonia, buses have become free. It turned out it is beneficial to all
As noted by The Guardian, Luxembourg suffers from terrible traffic jams. This is due to the fact that with a population of 600 thousand people, another 200 thousand daily come to the country to work from France, Belgium and Germany. In the city itself, with a population of 110 thousand, there are another 400 thousand visiting workers. According to studies, in 2016, metropolitan drivers spent an average of 33 hours in traffic jams.
The Guardian notes that Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, reelected to the post and sworn in on December 5, promised to give priority to the environment during his election campaign. Among other government plans are the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes and the introduction of two new public holidays.
From July 1, 2018 in Estonia, most regions switched to free public transport. They followed the example of the capital, where residents have not paid for travel for several years.