Luxembourg to eliminate all fares for public transportation

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LUXEMBOURG CITY, Luxembourg — This small European country is set to become the first in the world to abolish all fares of public transportation.

The move is set for summer 2019, the Independent reports, after election of a new coalition government that made the promise to eliminate the fares, which are already quite modest — 2 Euros (about $2.28) for up to two hours of travel; 3 Euros for first class, and 150 Euros for an annual pass.

The move is designed to save on the collection and processing of fares, and aims to encourage travelers to shift from private cars and ease congestion.

With an area of 999 square miles, Luxembourg is smaller than Rhode Island (1,545 square miles). It has a population of approximately 600,000.

 

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