Tallinn to raise wages of bus drivers and procure 150 new buses

Tallinn's transport priorities for the coming year are to increase public transport drivers' salaries, introduce 150 new gas buses as well as to carry out preparations for the renewal of the public transport network and the tender for eight new trams.

"In order to make the city's public transport more sustainable and comfortable, we will introduce 150 new gas buses next year. In the first quarter of the year, we hope to sign a contract for eight new trams," said Tallinn Deputy Mayor Andrei Novikov. "We will allocate €20 million in additional funding for the city transport company Tallinna Linnatransport that will allow for an increase in the salaries of public transport drivers and a 5 per cent increase in the volume of regular services."

It is also planned to equip around 60 public transport stops with new bus shelters in the coming year.

"Despite the increase in Elron's train fares, the city will offer free rail travel to the city's residents," said the Deputy Mayor. Tallinn residents will be able to continue to travel on trains within the city next year by swiping the Ühiskaart smartcard. To cover the cost, the city will extend its contract with the national passenger train service company Elron for nearly €2.6 million.

In 2022, Tallinn plans to carry out an extensive analysis of the transport infrastructure load in order to assess the need to develop public transport systems, and consolidate proposals for an overhaul of the public transport network.