As the first country in the world, Luxembourg made the decision to make all public transport free of charge. Since march 1rst, taking the train, the bus or the tramway is free of cost. This idea comes originally from the DP’s 2018 electoral programme. We ensured that this idea made its way into the coalition agreement and is now being implemented.
Public transport as a real alternative to the car
Of course, the DP is aware that free public transport doesn’t solve each and every problem related to mobility. Right now, too many trains and busses are still being cancelled, arriving late or are too crowded during rush hour. However, we are not idealist about mobility, nor do we condemn the car. At the end of the day, every citizen should be able to decide for themselves which means of transportation they prefer. The DP wants to improve public transportation in such a way that it represents an equally good or even better alternative to the car, which is ultimately also better for the environment. People taking their car will benefit from this as more people taking the train, the bus or the tramway will lead to a distinct discharge of the main traffic axes.
Paradigm shift and large investments
Especially in rural regions, public transportation frequently doesn’t represent an actual alternative to the car. The DP will tackle the challenge of mobility as a whole: from avoiding unnecessary traffic – e.g. by promoting decentralization and home office – to massive investments in public transportation and transport infrastructure. Developing the rail network, creating more P&R car parks and introducing express bus routes is just one aspect of our mobility strategy