Luxembourg is trying to get rid of traffic jams by canceling fees on public transportDecember 31, 2018
Ecology can be fought in various ways: by making the life of motorists unbearable or by creating conditions in which it becomes more profitable to travel by public transport. So did one of the Benelux countries.
The Government of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is trying to pay attention to the environment while trying to overcome some of the worst traffic jams in the world, reports The Guardian.
Fares by train, tram and bus will be canceled next summer in accordance with the plans of a re-elected coalition government led by Xavier Bettel, who was sworn in for a second term as prime minister.
Bettel, a member of the Democratic Party, during his election campaign promised to pay much attention to environmental protection. However, not all of his promises are harmless, except for free tickets, he also promised to legalize the use of marijuana.
It should be noted that the city of Luxembourg, the capital of the tiny Grand Duchy, suffers from severe congestion. About 110,000 people live in the city, but 400,000 people travel through it daily, most of them come to work from neighboring countries in private cars. Residents of France, Belgium and Germany cross the border daily to work in Luxembourg. One study showed that in 2016, drivers of this city spent an average of 33 hours in traffic jams. Authorities hope to reverse the situation when 83% of trips are made in private cars, and only 17% – by public transport. And make this ratio change by 25% to 75%.
The experiment with free travel has already begun: this summer, the government canceled payment for using public transport to children and young people under the age of 20 years. The rest of the trip up to two hours, you need to pay only 2 euros, and this fee in the country is only 2590 square meters. km covers almost all trips.
However, the policy of refusing to pay for public transport is not yet fully thought out. For example, there is no decision on how to deal with the first and second class compartments in trains, if everything becomes free.
However, studies in the field of traffic management have shown that reducing public transport fees or its abolition is not the most effective way to combat traffic jams. Alas, the most effective way of transferring people to public transport is when the operation of a personal car becomes an unbearable burden for owners. But for obvious reasons, this measure is extremely unpopular, and not every state can afford it.
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