Free Public Transit Referendum Gets Under Way (9)
Starting today, residents of Tallinn have the opportunity to participate in the week-long referendum on free public transportation.
During the referendum, held from March 19 to 25 and costing the city 259,000 euros, residents who are at least 18 years old are asked whether they support the introduction of free public transportation on city-operated bus, trolley and tram lines starting from 2013.
Polling stations have been set up in shopping, youth and community centers across the city. Residents can also participate at a number of bus stops and the service bureaus of Tallinn City Office and city district governments.
In order to launch free public transportation, the city would have to find additional 20 million euros, which equals approximately 40 percent of the city's public transportation budget. The city has said in previous statements that the move is necessary for cutting traffic congestion, lowering the number of accidents and reducing the use of private transport in Tallinn.