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Study to determine feasibility of tram lines to Tallinn suburbs

The number 4 tram airport extension was completed during the last week of August. 2017.
The number 4 tram airport extension was completed during the last week of August. 2017. Source: (Rene Suurkaev/ERR)

The Union of Harju County Municipalities (HOL) has commissioned a study, the results of which should determine whether it would be feasible to build tram lines connecting the city of Tallinn with the surrounding Jüri, Viimsi, Maardu and Tabasalu.

A study on sustainable urban traffic is to be carried out in Tallinn and surrounding municipalities, the goal of which is to determine whether connecting the capital city with the so-called "Golden Ring" of municipalities surrounding it is a cost-effective and reasonable solution, writes regional daily Harju Elu (link in Estonian).

The terms of reference of the study does include potential tram lines based on the Harju county plan, but those conducting the study will nonetheless retain free rein, as the results may end up differing a great deal from current knowledge and forecasts.

The Harju County Plan for 2030+ includes the following potential tram transport corridors: Tallinn-Airport-Mõigu-Jüri; Tallinn-Lasnamäe-Maardu; Tallinn-Tabasalu; Tallinn-Haabneeme; the extension of the Tondi line to Järve Centre; the connection of Mustamäe and Väike-Õismäe to the city center; the construction of a larger network in Lasnamäe.

The deadline for the study is 2020, after which the focus will shift to the construction of the tram lines, which are to be completed in 10-20 years, or between 2030-2040.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

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