The free transport will include the tram, trains and buses, and discussions will be underway for connections in the greater region
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Public transport in Luxembourg will be free of charge as of 1 March 2020.
The announcement was made by Luxembourg minister of mobility François Bausch (Déi Gréng) during a 21 January press conference.
Free transport includes trains, buses and the tram--a change which will cost some €41 million, thereby requiring an increase in revenue in the state budget through taxation.
Despite the change, Bausch said during the conference he did not believe it will lead to “everyone to suddenly use public transport”, according to our sister site, Paperjam.
He added: “I see it more as icing on the cake, which is made up of other ingredients: quality of infrastructure, coherent offer…this is a social measure.”
Discussions are to be held with regional railways in Germany, France and Belgium so that commuters will only need to pay for the part of the journey taking place outside of Luxembourg. This does not apply to long-distance, international tickets (for example, Paris or Brussels to Luxembourg).