Luxembourg residents are entering the final days of using “Moien” as accepted currency when boarding the bus.
For generations, Luxembourg citizens have used the word “Moien” to ‘pay’ for bus rides. Walking straight onto the bus confidently and giving the impression that you definitely have a valid bus pass in your pocket has long been a tradition in the Grand Duchy.
Now as the 1st March approaches when free transport across the country will become free, many residents are confused how this will effect driver / passenger relations.
Benelux News managed to speak with some bus users ahead of this historic ruling.
“Wait….. What…. You mean we had to pay before?” said one passenger.
While others were considering buying a 1st class ticket just to get away from ‘commoners’ using the free carriages on the train.
How this will effect the comfort of trains and buses in the future, only time will tell.
The famous “Hop On-Hop Off” sightseeing bus company has announced a new tour route covering Luxembourg’s roadworks, or chantiers to its options of viewing the city.
In addition to current routes, the roadworks tour will show passengers all of the current road holes and explain the history behind each hole including how many times it has been dug up and how many years it took to complete each “1 week project”.
More info can be found on their website.
Scientists this week revealed images taken from satellites in space of Troisvierges in the north of Luxembourg.
The location, known mostly to the public as some place that a couple of trains go to and the occasional bus, is set to become the next area of exploration.
Space mining companies are keen to exploit the area for new findings in minerals.
More info to come as Benelux News follows progress.
Bus drivers throughout the country today officially launched the new “Shutting doors on passengers” 2019.
The game which has become quite a competitive sport in recent years, sees bus drivers use their skills to shut the rear doors ofbthe bus just a split second before the passenger steps on to the bus, ensuring the doors manage to “catch” them as they are just off the pavement outside.
Bonus points are also given if they manage to catch a passenger stepping off the bus as well.
“I managed to get over 1,500 people last year,” said one driver. “I’m really going to go for gold this year.”
The competition starts now and will be continuing for the remainder of the year.
Representatives of Ville de Luxembourg and Emile Weber have confirmed that a number of bus drivers will meet soon for a bareknuckle death fight.
Tensions have been steadily rising since the construction of the tram in Kirchberg with VDL drivers claiming that Emile Weber drivers “just dump” their passengers in the middle of nowhere and leaving them to join their cool, city people on their buses.
Claims that the people coming in from the villages smell of manure have so far not been proved, however there are several witnesses who claim just that.
VDL’s current president said in a statement: “We are not messing around any more. We are sick of picking up these stranded people, who could easily be driven in to town.”
A spokesman for Emile Weber responded with: “Bring it on, bitches! We have got nothing to worry about, their top driver couldn’t fight his way out of a paper bag!”
The exact date is yet to be arranged, but it is rumoured that the location will be somewhere near the gare.
More info as we receive it.
Sighs of relief were felt across the country today, as bus companies announced that air-conditioning in buses will be available on some routes as an “optional extra”.
Despite Luxembourg being one of the richest countries in the world, the standard of air conditioning in public buildings and public transport remains a laughing stock when compared to other poorer countries who live closer to the equator.
Emergency services were alerted this week after reports that a man waiting for a bus in Kirchberg turned into a snowman.
The man was reported to have been waiting for the 222 bus for a long period of time before eventually turning in to a real snowman.
Bus routes on the Kirchberg have been suffering severe problems since the introduction of the tram.
Authorities fear this may not be the last case and have urged residents to keep their eyes open for any pedestrians needing help.
A local man from Belair travelling in to the city made sure to press the stop button on the bus just to be sure the bus would stop at the next bus stop.
Despite another passenger already pressing the button just a few moments before and the “de Bus hält” sign already lit up, the man decided to press the button again believing that only his button push would actually motivate the driver to really stop.
In an exclusive interview with Benelux News, the man said: “It only counts if I press the button. Nobody else.”
After conducting a crash test last Saturday between a car and the new tram, concerns are growing for the safety of the tram.
Experts have highlighted potential dangers of bullying and so called “mobbing”, not from people, but from other cars using the road.
“During the crash test, we could hear other cars passing by and making snide comments as they did,” said one spokeswoman. “Things were being mumbled between cars at the traffic lights just a few metres away. Things like ‘He wishes he was a real car’ and ‘He needs stabiliser tracks to ride on the real roads’.”
Other witnesses heard the word “trammy” being shouted across the road several times.
If you are a tram and have been affected by other road users, please contact Benelux News to share your story.
A spokesperson for the association of people who push in through the back doors of buses before other passengers can get off stated this morning that it’s members are getting very excited about the new tram coming and are “eager to get started”.
“Our members have been practising for months now and are highly confident we can cause just as much of a nuisance pushing our way on to the tram as we can with buses.”
In anticipation of the tram project, members of the association have been practising extra hard and even taking on challenges such as the side entrance doors to Utopolis and entrance to the Gare during rush hour.
“The trick will be pushing on but not breaking the tram doors”, said the spokesperson. “But we are confident we can pull this off.”