Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Tallinn, Estonia, with free public transport 7,600 fewer cars in city of 425,000 people

eumayors.eu In only four month-time results are visible. About half of the Tallinners have already used the system. Traffic fell by 15% from December 2012 to January 2013 with an increase in public transport use of about 14%. This means approximately 7,600 fewer cars enter the city every day, reducing traffic jams and pollution. Interestingly the population of Tallinn seems to have been growing since the end of 2012, showing a correlation between the access to free public transport and the attractiveness of the city. A good news for the municipality who needs to cover up for the revenues previously earned with ticket sales.