Tallinn proposes to introduce free passenger train service 25.09.2013, 09:50
Tallinn City Government is proposing to expand the free public transport service in Tallinn by adding passenger train service since second half of October, reported ERR.
The bill to introduce free passenger train service on lines operated by Elektriraudtee, the state-owned electric rail operator, within Tallinn boundaries known as Zone 1 for residents of Tallinn will be discussed today.
According to the bill, Tallinn City Government and Elektriraudtee will sign a contract under which City of Tallinn will pay Elektriraudtee EUR 375,000 in compensation for fare cost.
Residents of Tallinn will be able to travel free on the passenger rail system in Tallinn by using the same fare card as the one used for free public transport.
Commenting the proposal, representatives of the Tallinn City Government say that, as a result of introducing free public transport, many residents of Tallinn who until now travelled by train switched to buses, trolleybuses and trams.
„In order to improve integration of Tallinn public transport system and the rail passenger service, to give passengers more options and to reduce the burden on public transport, it is necessary now to introduce free rail passenger service on Elektriraudtee in Tallinn,” said the explanatory letter to the bill.