Country With Notorious Traffic Congestion Becomes First in the World to Offer Free Public Transportation for All
Luxembourg will soon become the first country in the world to offer free public transportation to everyone.
The European nation suffers from some of the worst traffic congestion in the world—and scores the highest cars-per-capita rate in the European Union.
Though its population is small, some 560,000 residents, the number of international commuters from France and Belgium has nearly doubled what it was two decades ago.
According to the New York Times, the 180,000 commuters are attracted to Luxembourg by jobs that offer substantially higher annual salaries than those in neighboring nations.
Previously, trams, buses, and trains have offered free fare to children, students, and senior citizens, but starting in 2020, public transit will be free for all.
Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, who was just sworn in for his second term earlier this week, hopes that the initiative will benefit the environment by cutting down on greenhouse gas emissions while simultaneously freeing drivers from such infuriating traffic jams.
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