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 Transport Board.
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.