Elron considering implementation of bicycle tickets on its trains

Elron train.
Elron train. Source: Rene Suurkaev / ERR

Although there have been fewer travelers on Elron trains than before the coronavirus pandemic began, more and more bicycles are taken on journeys, leading the train operator to ponder the possible implementation of a bicycle ticket.

As construction work on railroads is starting to wrap up, replacement buses can be seen on some sections of Estonian lines, which provides an added complication.

Ronnie Kongo, director of development and sales of Elron, told ETV's daily affairs show "Aktuaalne kaamera" on Sunday that a revised schedule will be announced in mid-August.

Kongo said: "The regular schedule was restored on all sections where construction does not interfere with train operation in June. Regular operation on the western routes will be restored by mid-August."

New trains will be in use by the end of 2024, when the electrification project on the Tallinn-Tartu route is finished. Kongo said that existing trains have to be used in the meantime.

She added that longer trains are being planned at peak hours, since C-areas specifically tend to get crowded as bicycles, scooters, pets and baby carriages have to all fit in somehow. While a bicycle ticket will not be implemented in the very near future, the idea can not be ruled out, the company says.

Kongo explained: "We have discussed it and it is reasonable to implement it at one point because truly, trains are meant for passengers and there are situations where there are just too much objects in the way and people can not fit onboard, something needs to be done."


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