ILLIONS Luxembourg to become the first country to offer free mass transit for everyone
London—luxembourg is a small country with big traffic jams.
So when Prime Minister Xavier Bettel was sworn in for a second term Wednesday, his governing coalition promised free mass transit for all, which would make the country the first to offer such a benefit.
Luxembourg is barely larger than a city-state, with a population of about 560,000 — roughly equivalent to smaller European capitals like Copenhagen, Denmark. But more than 180,000 workers commute across the border from Belgium, France and Germany.
“It’s basically like a city which has suburbs abroad,” Olivier Klein, a researcher at the Luxembourg Institute of Socio-economic Research, said Thursday.
The number of international commuters has doubled in the past two decades, rising more quickly than the country anticipated, he said.