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Could Free Transit Lure Germans From Their Cars?

The proposed no-fare program would begin in five cities, as Germany endeavors to meet EU air pollution targets. But similar plans haven't always worked as hoped.
To meet EU air pollution targets, Germany may make public transit free in cities struggling with poor air quality. Here, a Munich traffic jam in 2007. Source: Johannes Simon

Germany is considering free public transit in its cities in order to curb car use, as it hurries to meet the European Union's requirements for air quality.

That proposal is put forth in a letter to from the German government to the EU's Environment Commissioner. The free transit plan is part of a range of measures suggested in the letter, including , incentives for electric cars, and technically retrofitting existing.

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