Tallinn city and rail service company Elron have signed an agreement by which, as of October 28th, the city covers the costs of train rides for the citizens of Tallinn within the city limits.
The right to ride free on trains is given to registered
citizens of Tallinn who submit their Ühiskaart along with their
ID on demand. Free ride is granted on westbound trains (route
Tallinn-Laagri) and eastbound trains (Tallinn-Vesse).
When entering a train, riders are obligated to present their
Ühiskaart and tell the cabin attendant their destination. The
cabin attendant then validates the trip with a ticket sales
device. In case the trip extends the city limits Tallinn only
covers the costs of train ride within the city zone.
As Vice Major Taavi Aas puts it, the main purpose of the
agreement is to improve the living environment and the quality
of life of Tallinners by integrating different types of public
transportation. ’It is not reasonable to have parallel bus and
train lines competing with each other,’ said Taavi Aas. As
observed so far, many train riders changed for buses on the
city border, which in turn caused the need to increase the
capacity of bus lines. The optimal use of train lines within
Tallinn enables better organisation of resources.
’Elron attaches great importance to the bus and train
transportation being an integral whole all over Estonia,’ said
Andrus Ossip, the CEO of Elron. In his mind, such solutions
help popularise the use of public transport and create
effective alternatives to riding cars.