Cabinet, Tallinn City Aim to Push Forward With Airport Tram Project ({{commentsTotal}})

National and city government are partnering up to make Tallinn one of the few regional capitals where all major ports and terminals are connected by tram.

At the end of last month, the Cabinet approved the operational program for transport up to 2017, under which it will approach the EU Cohesion Fund for funding for the extensions, Eesti Päevaleht reported.

In one project estimated at costing 20 million euros, a spur would be built on the Ülemiste tram line to serve the airport. Another spur would also serve the port. The goal is to complete those projects by 2018, when Estonia holds the EU presidency.

In a project slated for 2020, a patchwork of uneven development and vacant lots in the port area would be made more attractive.

Preliminary studies and project design documentation have been drawn up, Economic Affairs Ministry official Taavi Aasma told Eesti Päevaleht.

Deputy Mayor of Tallinn Taavi Aas said the city, which will be responsible for the projects, will try to submit an application for funding to the national government by mid-September. Armed with the operational program, the national government would then apply to the EU.

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