LUXEMBOURG CITY: The country of Luxembourg has become the first-ever country to provide free public transport. This initiation will help workers under the financial crunch and also lessen traffic on roads.
Similarly, other cities have also attempted to initiate this facility in the past. But it has been informed by the transport ministry that it's for the first time that an entire country has taken this measure.
The new law is being regarded as 'an important social measure'. It will create an impact on 40% of households in the country and each will make a profit of around 100 Euros (around 8,000 INR) annually.
The initiation was announced one day ahead of its schedule and has taken all the public transport using passengers by surprise.
Dominique, a middle-aged woman in her 50s exclaimed, "It's free? I didn't know," as she waited at the country's main train station.
Although the law impacted most individuals positively, many transport workers seemed concerned regarding losing their jobs.
A local ticket seller expressed, "We don't yet know what will happen to our positions. All the public transport workers are worried. It's not yet clear."
The motto of the newly initiated plan is to reduce overcrowding.
The most adapted means of transport in the capital are private cars. It comprises 47% of travel in terms of business and 71% for leisure.
Residents from neighbouring countries like France, Belgium, Germany work in Luxembourg and are as many as 200,000 individuals, who depend upon the roadways. This leads to severe traffic jams during peak hours.
The total population of the country is 61,00,000 and workers from different neighbouring countries are more than half of the total employees in Luxembourg.
The sale of the ticket within domestic travel which cost 2 euros per journey, was only able to cover 8% of the cost of running the transport system, which was worth 500-million euros. Funds from the treasury will attend to the shortfall now that the new plan has been initiated.