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Luxembourg: where bus, train travel is free

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Luxembourg: where bus, train travel is free | Luxembourg is now the richest country in the world in terms of GDP. In addition to maintaining the prosperity of its citizens over the past decades, Luxembourg's economic growth has also been remarkable thanks to efficient country governance. The country is constantly trying to grow its economy by diversifying into technology and financial services industries. There are more than 155 banking institutions in the country, most of which are foreign-owned. The country also stands at a unique height in terms of global connectivity as infrastructure improvements through the creation of numerous data centers ensure extremely high-speed communications.

Luxembourg is now the richest country in the world in terms of GDP. In addition to maintaining the prosperity of its citizens over the past decades, Luxembourg’s economic growth has also been remarkable thanks to efficient country governance. The country is constantly trying to grow its economy by diversifying into technology and financial services industries. There are more than 155 banking institutions in the country, most of which are foreign-owned. The country also stands at a unique height in terms of global connectivity as infrastructure improvements through the creation of numerous data centers ensure extremely high-speed communications.

Government patronage, relatively low rates of corporate tax, favorable business environment and skilled population are the main drivers of this economic growth.

Luxembourg, known as the most powerful investment management center in Europe, became the first country in history to ensure free public transport services for the public.

Luxembourg: where bus, train travel is free | Luxembourg is now the richest country in the world in terms of GDP. In addition to maintaining the prosperity of its citizens over the past decades, Luxembourg's economic growth has also been remarkable thanks to efficient country governance. The country is constantly trying to grow its economy by diversifying into technology and financial services industries. There are more than 155 banking institutions in the country, most of which are foreign-owned. The country also stands at a unique height in terms of global connectivity as infrastructure improvements through the creation of numerous data centers ensure extremely high-speed communications.

Although there are precedents for providing free public transport services in nearly a hundred cities around the world, including Kansas in the United States, Tallinn in Estonia, some cities in France and Poland, Luxembourg is the first country-wide to do so.

In most cases, only the residents of the cities that introduced the service earlier got the facility. However, travelers in Luxembourg will have the same service as ordinary citizens.

The country’s Minister of Public Transport François Bosch said,Free public transport services will play a very important role in improving the quality of our social life. Moreover, our citizens have also expressed their own opinions and preferences regarding public transport. Such a decision is to respect their choice.

On Luxembourg’s roads, which have long been plagued by traffic jams, about 47% of all travel is by private car. The amount of travel by bus is 32% and 19% by train.

Blanche Weber, president of the Luxembourg Ecological Movement, said in an interview with The Guardian, We have invested in roads for many years. The government is also trying. But there is still a huge gap in the development of public transport.

Although the country with a population of 640,000 is one of the smallest countries in Europe, the steps they have taken are unprecedented in any other country. Undoubtedly, the initiative is quite commendable.

Residents and visitors can now travel on Luxembourg’s roads completely free of charge, without having to buy a ticket. However, there will be an exception to this rule for first-class train passengers.

Luxembourg: where bus, train travel is free | Luxembourg is now the richest country in the world in terms of GDP. In addition to maintaining the prosperity of its citizens over the past decades, Luxembourg's economic growth has also been remarkable thanks to efficient country governance. The country is constantly trying to grow its economy by diversifying into technology and financial services industries. There are more than 155 banking institutions in the country, most of which are foreign-owned. The country also stands at a unique height in terms of global connectivity as infrastructure improvements through the creation of numerous data centers ensure extremely high-speed communications.

Initially, the project will cost 41 million euros, which is 35 million in pounds and 44 million in US dollars. Free travel services will be ensured only through proper utilization of this huge budget. But don’t think that the government is giving any kind of subsidy. Instead, all the arrangements for this service will be made with the people’s tax money.

Francois Bosch said in this regard, Being free does not mean that no one has to pay. Certainly the government is determined to make Luxembourg more dynamic. And for that purpose, we want to hold Luxembourg as a laboratory of mobility.

According to official estimates, the total cost of this project will be more than 500 million euros. However, the amount of profit from road fares is relatively low. By doing this, no workers in the transport sector will have to lose their jobs. Besides, they will save the time wasted by checking tickets every day.

Around two million workers commute daily from Belgium, France and Germany among the working population in Luxembourg on weekdays. The main reason behind which is high salary and rich economic structure.

Before February 29th, it would have cost a lot, but not that. A single trip to Luxembourg, the ticket costs 2 euros. If one wants to buy an all-day pass ticket, the cost is only 4 euros. And most of the workers are given annual travel pass by the government. Hence, one usually does not need to spend much on public transport.

The Luxembourg government has been working for the past few years to launch a free public transport service project. And the main goals of this project are:

• The government will benefit more from higher tax payers as a result of this new scheme. The project will be run on public tax money. The entire scheme is designed in such a way that the higher taxpayers will have to pay the bulk of it.

• The project will significantly reduce the number of private vehicles on the roads. Luxembourg has the highest number of private cars per thousand people among European Union (EU) countries.

• If this project is implemented, the number of passengers traveling on public transport will increase by up to 20 percent in the next five years.

• This will make Luxembourg citizens more aware of their country’s environmental problems.

• The project will further improve the transport network to meet the service needs of the growing passenger population of the country.

As a developed and wealthy country, the quality of Luxembourg’s roads is not up to expectations. During peak hours of the day, long queues of traffic jams can be seen on major highways. As the current buses are old-fashioned, they are responsible for the regular delays of the trains.

Luxembourg: where bus, train travel is free | Luxembourg is now the richest country in the world in terms of GDP. In addition to maintaining the prosperity of its citizens over the past decades, Luxembourg's economic growth has also been remarkable thanks to efficient country governance. The country is constantly trying to grow its economy by diversifying into technology and financial services industries. There are more than 155 banking institutions in the country, most of which are foreign-owned. The country also stands at a unique height in terms of global connectivity as infrastructure improvements through the creation of numerous data centers ensure extremely high-speed communications.

Compared to neighboring countries, the market price of diesel and petrol is relatively low in Luxembourg. So it is not just that people from neighboring states rush to get office. Rather, many ‘fuel tourists’ come to buy petrol-diesel at a relatively low price!

However, it is not possible to solve the problem through this new project. Because, since there is no good public transport system near the house of all those who come from neighboring states, it will not be possible for most of them to come by public transport. However, Luxembourg residents, who currently commute by bicycle, will no doubt be encouraged to use public transport more often as a result of the new project.

The Luxembourg government has taken several steps to improve road quality. Work has begun to further expand the new tram network. Besides, significant amount of money is being invested in train and bus system as well. So, there is no doubt that it will take a few more years to reap the benefits.

In 2013, Estonia’s capital Tallinn launched its first free public transport service. But that was only for Tallinn residents. However, the city authorities have not given up on the decision to extend the service to outsiders. But to do that, they are not at all interested in the extra 20 million euros that will be spent.

Also in 2018, the northern French city of Dunkirk saw a huge increase in public transport ridership since the introduction of a free travel service for the city’s two hundred thousand residents. Overwhelmed by this success, Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris, announced in her mayoral election campaign that free travel services would be offered to all Paris citizens under the age of eighteen.

Although the plan is to initially open the service to people of all ages in Paris, it will require 500 euros per household. As such luxury in the civil service was by no means universal, the plan was modified.

The Luxembourg government will spend a certain percentage of the country’s GDP on the project. Luxembourg spends more on transport than other European countries. According to this project, 600 euros will be spent per person in a year. From 2018 to 2027, the country will spend about four billion euros on the public transport sector.

However, according to experts, this scheme will not fill the shortfall in the housing sector in any way. Due to the limitations of the country’s housing sector, many citizens have already migrated to neighboring countries while maintaining their jobs. On weekdays, commute from there to work in Luxembourg. Therefore, it is the need of the hour to take up development projects in the housing sector as well as in the communication sector to improve the quality of citizen’s life.

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