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Luxembourg to offer public transport free

AFP  |  Luxembourg 

The tiny EU country of is seeking to make travel free on its trains, trams and buses as part of efforts to reduce and

The re-elected coalition government of said "free public will be introduced in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg's territory" from early 2020.

In 2016, more than 100 million passengers used public in this tiny prosperous country of 600,000 people sandwiched between Belgium, and

absorbs daily 190,000 workers and employees from neighbouring countries, half of them in and the other half split between and

Press reports said the traffic problem was a major challenge for politicians seeking election as congestion was set to worsen with population growth in

Luxembourg's ministry said it cost 491 million euros a year to run public transport, with ticket sales and subscribtions bringing in 40 million euros.

Georges Merenz, who heads the FNCTTFEL-Landesverband, Luxembourg's main transport union, expressed concerns that the government plan would lead to job losses if nobody was needed to sell tickets.

"As long as it is not cleared up, we cannot accept that," Merenz told AFP. He added he was also concerned people in rural areas would not benefit from

A meeting is planned for Monday between his union and the in charge of mobility and public works, the

In January 2013, Tallinn, became the first capital city in the to give its residents a free ride on public transport.

Tallinn's nearly 420,000 registered residents are entitled to ride all municipal busses and tramlines free of charge after buying a special green transport pass for just two euros (USD2.60).

Public transport was already free for senior citizens.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 02:00 IST
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