ILLIONS Lux­em­bourg to be­come the first coun­try to of­fer free mass tran­sit for ev­ery­one

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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.

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