Montpellier: free public transport from next December

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Montpellier will be the largest French city to set up a free public transport system from December 21, 2023.

Residents will be able to use a free transport pass on the city’s bus and tram network; thus, the system aims to reduce the impact of the cost of living crisis while reducing CO2 emissions.

More than 50 European cities have introduced free public transport, citing climate ambitions and social equality as key drivers.

Tallinn, the Estonian capital, introduced free public transport in 2013. In 2020, Luxembourg became the first country in the world to abolish fares for all public transport.

Spain is piloting the introduction of free train tickets for short and medium distance journeys under a program that will run until the end of the year.

Germany introduced a similar measure between June and August last year, with a discounted national public transport pass. It allowed travelers to use unlimited local and regional services for just €9 per month.

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