Tallinn in New Free Transport Initiative ({{commentsTotal}})

The proposed Tallinn fare-card program would allow commuters to park their cars for free and take public transport. Source: (Postimees/Scanpix)

The capital city of Tallinn already offers residents free public transport; now it wants to eliminate car-fare for drivers who leave their vehicles in a designated lot and proceed on the buses, trams and trolleybuses.

The city government has sent a bill to that effect to city council last week, Postimees reported.

Drivers will have to have the green farecard that the city uses to collect data on ridership, and a minimum balance of 3 euros on the account linked to the farecard. They will have to leave their cars in parking lots signposted as park & ride ("pargi ja reisi" in Estonian).

There is one park and ride, or P&R lot in the Pirita district, two on the city center stretch of Pärnu maantee, and one in the Õismäe district.

The city's transport department found that the first two of these are usually 85-95 percent full.

The way it would work is that the driver's account will not be debited for a parking fee if their farecard is swiped at least once in the course of the day.

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