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Barcelona is offering free public transport to people who ditch their cars

Locals can trade in vehicles for a T-verda ticket, covering unlimited tram and metro travel for three years

Sophie Dickinson
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Sophie Dickinson

Barcelona has some pedigree when it comes to anti-car measures. It’s been running No Car Days for a few years now, with the city’s noisy central streets reclaimed by cyclists and pedestrians – and public transport also given a boost.

And now officials have gone one step further. Locals who trade in old cars can will be given a free public transport pass for three years. Which is a pretty good incentive to ditch that rusty old banger, if you ask us.

There’s plenty of choice in Barcelona, too. With a metro, tram, bus and funicular system, there’s almost certainly a handy stop near you. And even better, the T-verda ticket allows unlimited free travel. Unlimited. No cap at all.

Apparently, the scheme has already seen a reduction of more than 12,000 vehicles on the city streets – plus, with an ever-expanding Low Emission Zone in place, there’s another good reason to get rid of your car too.

While the T-verda pass is a world first, other places are also offering incentives to ditch cars. In some parts of France and Finland, you can trade in your vehicle for an electric bike. And in Luxembourg, public transport is free for everyone. Let’s hope it catches on.

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