Final days of using “Moien” as accepted currency

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.

City Sightseeing Bus adds roadworks tour route

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.

Satellite images emerge of Troisvierges

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.

“Shutting doors on passengers” 2019 competition begins

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.

Emile Weber and VDL bus drivers to meet for bareknuckle death fight

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.

Bus air-conditioning to become an “optional extra”

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.

 

Man turns into snow waiting for bus in Kirchberg

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.