Since 1st March 2020, public transport in Luxembourg is free throughout the country and for all modes of transport - trams, trains and buses. The scheme applies to residents, cross-border commuters and tourists alike.
Deputy Prime Minister François Bausch regards systematic and continuous investment as a conditio sine qua non to promote the attractiveness of public transport. The range, punctuality and quality of the services on offer are crucial to motivating people to change their habits and switch from private cars to public transport.
We will only achieve an improvement in precisely these parameters through a multimodal transport concept: www.modu2.lu. Following the planning phase, most projects within this concept are now being implemented: the systematic expansion of capacity in the national rail network, doubling the current number of P+R car parking spaces — especially at the borders so that the 200,000 commuters who come to Luxembourg every day can connect comfortably, real-time passenger information, a complete overhaul of the national network of bus routes and switching the fleet to alternative drive technology by 2030, an increase in the number of charging points for electric cars across the country to 1,600 units by the end of 2020, a cohesive network of cycle routes, the further expansion of regional trams, use of a future third lane on our motorways for car pools and buses... these are all projects that are well advanced and are therefore ingredients in the metaphorical multimodal cake.
“The introduction of free public transport is an important social measure. You could describe it as the social icing on the cake of the global strategy for a multimodal revolution. Apart from this, we want to acknowledge all those people who have already made the choice in favour of public transport,” says François Bausch.