By Mayukh Saha,
Luxembourg is a small nation in Europe, a landlocked one, bordered by Belgium, France, and Germany. One of its many claims to fame is that its capital, Luxembourg City, along with Brussels and Strasbourg, makes up the capitals of the European Union; it is the seat of the court of justice too.
It was instrumental in the founding of the EU because after repeated invasions by Nazi Germany, it was determined to be the sensible third party between France and Germany.
It is considered a ‘developed country’ and for good measure as we will tell you later on in the article. It has continuously enjoyed one of the world’s highest per capita incomes.
Interestingly, thanks to its highly secretive banking policies, it was considered and still is, a tax haven for those who are interested, much like Monaco. In 2013, it was voted the second safest tax haven, after Switzerland.
Now that you know what you need to, here is something interesting that is happening in the small super-nation: it is set to make all public transport free.
Being the size of Oxfordshire roughly, at 999 sq. miles, it already had extremely low fares, at almost EUR 2.00 for two hours of travel. It was more than enough to get anywhere in such a small nation. It doesn’t end there: for a measly one euro more, you can add first-class rail travel while for a whole day of travel, you pay EUR 4.00 only.
And on top of that, young people are allowed to travel free while others qualify for a ‘mPass’, an annual pass that lets them travel as much as they want for an annual EUR 150.
So, (From the Independent) where Londoners should be worrying about fares increasing in 2019, Luxembourgers aren’t. At all!
A new coalition government will be taking office soon in the country and it has promised one thing: no more tickets and no more fares for public transport.
The reason is twofold: it will save time which is spent collecting, processing, and assessing fares while it will also lead to lesser cars on the road. This will, in turn, mean lesser harmful emissions and lesser traffic on the roads.
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The nation’s idea is not purely novel, but it is a noble gesture anyway. Some big cities in the world already have free transport for certain people while buses are free in some US counties. But, having said that, the small Grand Duchy has taken things to a whole different level.
And like all government policies, it does have some people protesting against it. Some think that nothing can get people out of their cars in Luxembourg, while others are worried about homeless people will take advantage, moving to trains in the dead of winter. While the first reason is snooty, the second reason shouldn’t bother sane and kind human beings.
Also, there is no clear segregation between the first and the second class seats in the public vehicles.
The left-wing party, dubbed the Gambian coalition because of its colours corresponding to the African nation’s flag, is also planning to legalise marijuana and announce two new public holidays, including Europe Day, on May 9th.
So, what are your thoughts on this new move in Luxembourg?