A major European city will provide free public transport for children and the elderly. The mayor says it is a crucial step in the fight against climate change

The Lisbon City Council unanimously approved on Thursday the plan by which all residents under the age of 18, students up to the age of 23 and people over the age of 65 will benefit from free transport on the metro network, public buses, most of the railways and the yellow trams that run through the city, according to Reuters.

The measure will cost Lisbon, with a population of more than half a million, about 15 million euros a year and is expected to take effect by the summer.

Moedas said Lisbon’s move would push the rest of the country to take similar steps.

This is a historic moment. Lisbon’s position in this League of Cities Champions against climate change is essentialhe said, acknowledging that financially it is not yet possible to provide free transportation for everyone.

The measure would also help protect the poorest people from rising fuel prices, he said.

Initially, the free travel initiative will only be available to residents of central Lisbon, but Moedas said he hopes that with the help of the government, it can be extended in the future to the entire metropolitan area of ​​the capital, home to about 3 million people. more than a third of Portugal’s population.

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