Tallinn to have free public transport from 2013

26.03.2012, 10:37

Mayor of Tallinn Edgar Savisaar said yesterday that 68,000 people participated in the public referendum held in Tallinn last week. This is about a fifth of all residents of Tallinn who were eligible to attend the referendum, reports ERR.

Of them, 75.5 percent supported the idea to introduce free public transport in Tallinn, while 24.5 percent were against.

Commenting the outcome, Mayor Savisaar said that the mandate was sufficient to start putting the plan into action.

Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Savisaar said that Tallinn will get free public transport from January 1st, 2013.

Valdo Randpere, deputy chairman of the Reform Party that is in the opposition in the Tallinn City Council, said that it is outrageous that the referendum cost the city 260,000 euros.

“The outcome was known from the start. The question was formulated in a populist way and only served election propaganda objectives. Tallinn seems to be one of the richest cities in the world, but for some reason its streets are filled with potholes and there is no money for kindergartens,” said Randpere.