The newest CAF Urbos trams in Tallinn have free Wi-Fi for the passengers.
“Free Wi-Fi is one of the steps taken in the quest of
increasing the attractiveness of public transport. It is also a
part of a broader set of activities in the field of improving
user-friendliness. Free internet access is not only helpful for
tourists arriving here, but also for the citizens of Tallinn,
who now have the opportunity to use Wi-FI in the new trams in
addition to public transport already being free,” said Andrei
Novikov, Deputy Mayor of Tallinn.
According to Novikov, the city has previously increased the
user-friendliness of the public transport by adding the option
of contactless payments and by enabling the users to validate
their ticket via smartphone screens on board the vehicles. “We
also deal with adding screens with real-time data to more
stops, adding new departures and opening completely new lines
which all serve the same purpose,” added Novikov.
A total of twenty new CAF Urbos trams began testing Wi-Fi
devices in August 2019, with the latest devices installed in
January 2020. The download speed of the Tallinn City Transport
Tram Wi-Fi is 100 Mbit/s, but the exact download speed of each
user depends on the location of the tram and the number of
passengers using the Internet at the same time.
According to Deniss Boroditš, Chairman of the Board of Tallinn
City Transport, it is difficult to predict the number of
Internet users. For example, the Airport-Tondi route, in which
mainly the CAF trams are used, serves almost 30,000 people
every working day. Among them are many tourists for whom it is
now much easier to find necessary information.
"Now that we have found a suitable technical solution and all
new trams are equipped with Wi-Fi, we invite the public
transport users to test the internet in the tram to identify
possible errors," added the chairman of the Tallinn City
20 new environmentally friendly CAF Urbos AXL trams are serving
passengers on the streets of Tallinn. The Tallinn City
Transport Ltd invested a total of 53.4 million euros in 2015
and 2016 in the new trams.
The Tallinn City Transport fleet has a total of 529 buses, 70
trams and 50 trolley buses serving 83 public transport lines in
the capital and more than 140 million passengers every year.