VADUZ, Liechtenstein — Liechtenstein on Friday became the first country in Europe to offer free mass transit in a bid to discourage private commuting and combat pollution.
For a one-year trial period, buses to and from the capital and the 10 other villages of Liechtenstein can be used free of charge.
Parliament made the decision after surveys indicated pollution was taking a serious toll. Among pine trees, the damage was up to 82%, according to a survey published last week.
Herbert Wille, deputy head of the state government, said the situation was worse than in neighboring Switzerland. Forests make up more than a third of Liechtenstein's total surface area.