Luxembourg has become the first country in the world to offer a free public transportation system. Starting on March 1, 2020, no one will have to pay for any ride, and this also includes tourists. Previously, only the cities of Tallinn and Dunkirk have done similar things, which worked out pretty well.
We at VibesdiaryBlog are very inspired by this idea and decided to tell you the story behind this world-altering project.
A tiny country with a lot of traffic
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Luxembourg has a population of only 614,000, as one of Europe’s smallest countries. But about 200,000 workers — which is half of Luxembourg’s workforce — come every day from Belgium, France, and Germany, attracted by high salaries and a wealthy economy.
Luxembourg, the capital city with the same name as the country, suffers from some of the worst traffic problems in the world. Only 110,000 people live in the city, but more than 400,000 commutes to work every day. A study suggested that drivers in the capital spent an average of 33 hours in traffic jams yearly.