Saturday, February 29, 2020

Luxembourg Offers Free Public Transport

Luxembourg tomorrow will become the first country anywhere in the world to offer a free public transport system as the government tries to reduce particularly dense car traffic. 

Some cities have already taken similar partial measures – but the country’s transport ministry said it was the only time such a decision had encompassed an entire nation. 

The free transport, which is being flagged as “an important social measure“, will affect approximately 40 percent of households and is likely to save each one around 100 euros ($110) per year.

Users only need to show an identification card to hop on a bus, train or streetcar. The measure will benefit 600,000 Luxembourg citizens and some 200,000 non-residents, mostly cross-border workers from Belgium, France and Germany who commute daily to the capital.  

Private cars are the most used means of transport in the Grand Duchy. According to a 2018 survey by TNS Ilres, cars accounted for 47 percent of business travel and 71 percent of leisure transport. In the meantime, buses are used for only 32 percent of trips to work, followed by trains at just 19 percent. 

In comparison, in Paris, 69% of workers use public transport, according to Insee, the French statistics institute. 

The exception to the free-for-all public transport system will be first-class travel on trains and certain night bus services. 

Celtic suffered a shock Europa League last-32 exit on Thursday after a match marred by errors and wastefulness. 

Neil Lennon's side seemed set for extra time when in the eighty-third minute, Odsonne Edouard dinked in a penalty and cancelled out FC Copenhagen’s 51st-minute opener. 

But the Danish champions netted twice on the break in the final five minutes to earn a 3-1 victory and a 4-2 aggregate win to mete out Celtic's first defeat in 2020.

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