On Thursday morning, François Bausch announced the approximate dlaunch date for free public transport to the parliamentary commission on mobility and public works.
The major announcement was that the government will introduce free public transport within the first three months of 2020. Bausch will announce the exact date on 21 January.
The reason the exact date has not yet been announced is that the ministry needs to work on clarity concerning free public transport and ensure that it does not have to reimburse a multitude of travel passes, according to RTL's sources.
The current phase of discussions consists of negotiations with various authorities such as the Ministry of Home Affairs and Syvicol (the trade union for municipalities), particularly concerning financing of the initiative.
As the second coalition government aims to focus on continuity in all things mobility, the government is hoping to improve the quality of transport and adapt it to people's needs alongside making it free.
The new government has resolved to improve and introduce a variety of new measures to that end, such as extending transport infrastructures. Despite the general support of free public transport, the CSV remained sceptical about its implementation.
At the parliamentary commission meeting, CSV MP Marc Lies had a number of questions, highlighting that those living around Luxembourg City would benefit far more than the rest of the country. He also queried what would happen with the 1st and 2nd class system on the trains, and whether cross-border workers will only have to pay until the border or for their entire journeys.
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A further point of discussion on Thursday morning was how municipalities could be involved in developing public transport. According to Dudelange mayor Dan Biancalana, this discussion should be resolved with the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Also on the agenda was the so-called average speed camera. In the autumn, a pilot phase will take place over the course of two to three months on the N11 near Waldhaff. The Pirate Party members expressed their disagreement with such speed cameras, citing a breach against data protection.
Bausch rebuked this suggestion, claiming that the average speed cameras would be like a normal speed camera, the only difference being it examines the car's speed over a stretch of the road. Data would only be saved in the case of an infraction.
As there was much on the agenda and the topic of public works was not addressed, Minister Bausch will meet the commission again in two weeks.
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