The Narva City Government is considering going the way of Tallinn and making its public transport free of charge, according to a city official.
The subject came up in current discussions about next year's financing between the municipality and the current transport operator Narva Bussiveod, Postimees reported.
"One of the ideas is to make public transport free, since it is currently mainly used by pensioners who already ride for free," Natalja Shibalova, deputy mayor for city development, told the newspaper.
"We will consider this possibility in greater detail in the near future when the company makes its price offer," she said.
As it stands, Narva's public transport is funded 20 percent through ticket sales and 80 percent through municipal subsidies. Narva Bussiveod has complained that it is struggling to make ends meet at the current subsidy levels.
Under Tallinn's plan, public transport will become free on January 1, but only for registered residents of the city. The restriction is an incentive for more residents to officially declare themselves Tallinners and thereby substantially boost the city's allotment of state tax revenue.
It is unclear whether Narva would follow the same model.