Free public transport being planned in Luxembourg

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian is seen during an announcement

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian is seen during an announcement

The coalition government, which comprises Bettel's centrist Democratic party, the left-wing Socialist Workers' Party and the Greens, had campaigned on a promise of increased environmental protection and improved public services.

Aside from free public transport, Bettel's coalition government seeks to legalize the purchase, possession and consumption of cannabis for recreational use, as per the publication.

The newly re-elected coalition government led by Xavier Bettel plans to waive fares and make the country the first in the world to offer free public transport, the Guardian reports.

Luxembourg City suffers from some of the worst traffic congestion in the world. Although home to around 110, 000 people, the capital witnesses 400,000 commuters coming to the city to work. A recent study cited by The Guardian showed that drivers in the capital spent an average of 33 hours in traffic snarl-ups in 2016.

Traffic congestion is a major problem in Luxembourg, which receives approximately 170,000 cross-border commuters from neighboring France, Belgium and Germany on a daily basis.

The foreign policy of the European Union's wealthiest but second smallest state is unlikely to change much, with Jean Asselborn keeping his post as foreign minister while Pierre Gramegna remains finance minister in the new administration.

There is already free transport for under 20s while secondary school students can use free shuttles between schools and their homes.

Currently, fares are capped at €2 for anything up to two hours of travel, which covers most journeys in the 2,585 km² nation.

The government, however, has yet to divulge their plans for the first- and second-class compartments on trains.

However, because the Greens gained, the three parties in government have 31 seats in the 60-seat chamber.

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