A small country in Europe named Luxembourg began to offer free public transportation who aim to push their people to use public transportation instead of their private vehicles in order to solve the heavy traffic the country is experiencing.
People of Luxembourg are used in having their own personal cars in commuting and travelling than using public transportation. In fact, Luxembourg is a European country with the most cars per person despite being the smallest country in the continent. Well it is not surprising because compared to other neighbouring countries, the diesel and petroleum of Luxembourg is pretty cheap and salaries are quite high—the reason that people can easily afford to have their own car without difficulty in filling their car tanks.
The government wants to lessen the traffic by encouraging their people to use free public transportation since the use of their own cars adds up the heavy traffic. The use of public transportation like buses and trains will put the passengers together with the same route and destination. However, the existing public transportation of Luxembourg is not that great despite their wealthy economy. It is said that the buses are outdated, trains are always delayed, and tram network is unfinished. These issues might be the reason why their people prefer to have their own personal car than to deal with their poor public transportation everyday.
Aside from traffic issue, the government of Luxembourg also aims to raise awareness about the country’s environmental problem, knowing that the use of cars is one of the major contributor in air pollution and climate change. Cars emit wide range of gasses like carbon monoxide and other greenhouse gasses that affects the environment and a hazard to human health.
Because of the wide use of cars, not just in Luxembourg, but all the countries around the world, greenhouse gasses emitted from cars traps the heat in the earth’s atmosphere which causes global warming. Car pollution also affects the soil and water quality because harmful gasses from them mix with rainwater that creates acid rain which damages the crops, contaminates rivers, lakes and tap water.
Despite the nonstop debate regarding the project, it does not stop the government’s efforts to push their vision of “free mobility” with the hope to alleviate their traffic issue and help the environment. In fact, Francois Bausch, the country’s Minister of Transport is also one of the major supporter of this project who wishes to transform the country into a mobility laboratory.
The project costs quite expensive but the government assured that the free public transportation is funded largely through taxes paid by the people since the economy of Luxembourg is in good shape the people deserve good benefits from the economy even the low earners and visitors.
Luxembourg is a country with good vision to its people and environment and they must be very proud in this kind of milestone in their country. Commuting and travelling have never been easier—just ride on bus or train and people are good to go without thinking about their fare. Imagine how convenient it is to go wherever you desire or if an emergency came up and you forgot your purse—there is no need to worry, right?