Tallinn to sell thirty-six old buses at auction

As Tallinn’s public transport is transitioning over to more environmentally friendly natural gas powered buses, the city transport company Tallinna Linnatransport (TLT) is auctioning 36 diesel-powered city buses.

In addition to the 200 gas buses currently operating in the city, TLT plans to purchase 150 gas buses by the end of next year. The project will decommission all older public transport vehicles with Euro4 or older emission standards. 

According to Andrei Novikov, Deputy Mayor of Tallinn and chairman of the supervisory board of TLT, the replacement of diesel buses with gas buses is part of a programme to modernise public transport in the capital and to switch to environmentally friendly fuels, the first phase of which started last year with the arrival of the first gas buses and will continue next year with the addition of 150 more gas buses. "In the longer term, we will transition all bus transport to electricity by 2035 at the latest, as foreseen in the new EU climate and energy package," Novikov added. "The switchover is part of the development of environmentally friendly, comfortable and fast public transport, which is one of the priorities of the European Green Capital programme."

"The transition to gas buses has led to the need to decommission the oldest buses that have exhausted their resources, which TLT is also constantly working on. To date, 39 Scania and Volvo standard buses and 44 articulated buses from the same manufacturers have been sold at auction. 55 leased MAN buses have been returned,” explained Novikov.

Until 17 December, anyone interested can make their bid for the 13 obsolete normal buses and 23 articulated buses put for decommissioning. The auction documents are available on the TLT website https://www.tlt.ee/hanked/kasutatud-13-normaalbussi-ja-23-liigendbussi-muuk-utiliseerimiseks/.

Tallinn has taken on a strategic objective that well-organised public transport should encourage active and sustainable modes of transport in the urban space, including public transport, walking and cycling. According to the Tallinn 2035 strategy, fast and convenient public transport will be a key constituent of good urban space and will provide pleasant experiences for passengers while freeing the majority of residents from the responsibilities and costs of owning a private car.