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In a world first, Luxembourg to make public transportation free

Relaxnews (AFP) logoRelaxnews (AFP) 12/6/2018

In an environmentally-friendly move aimed at reducing traffic congestion, Luxembourg has announced plans to become the world's first country to make its public transportation free for everyone. 

As of next summer, commuters, locals and visitors alike across the Grand Duchy will be able to board a train, tram or bus, free of charge, reported The Guardian

It was one of the first measures to come out of the new coalition government led by the Democratic Party's Xavier Bettel, who was sworn in for his second term as prime minister this week. 

Luxembourg is a landlocked country, bordered by Belgium, France and Germany. Though its official population count is around 600,000, the population swells every day with 200,000 people crossing the border from neighboring countries to commute to work. 

Likewise, Luxembourg City is home to 110,000, but an estimated 400,000 people commute into the capital every day for work, The Guardian points out. 

The scrapping of the €2 public transportation fees also eliminates the two hour-travel limit.

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