Tallinn to adopt QR tickets in March
The city government has agreed that QR tickets will become operational in March. A QR ticket means that a passenger can save their ticket's QR code in their smartphone or print it out at home, after which it is a simple matter of having it read by a validator.
09.01.2017, Uwe GnadenteichPM
Bus drivers already offered Finnish language courses
Among the Superbus staff forced to find a new job, bus driver Vladimir Gorbatovski has only good to say about the employer and is saddened indeed to see the cooperation ending.
26.07.2016, Cätriin VuksPM
Superbus exits Estonia with court victory
Having beaten Road Administration in lengthy court battle, Bus Transport Holding OÜ i.e. Superbus says it is leaving Estonia due to the stupid situation which would arise should the administration finally opt to issue the line permits applied for a year ago. The CEO Lauri Helke, a Finn, is open about the local 30 bus drivers being more than welcome in Finland where the bus company is a super success.
26.07.2016, Tiina KaukverePM
Road Administration repents in dust and ashes
For Road Administration, scheming by bus companies with phantom stops was an unpleasant surprise. In near future, they intend to alter the rules.
13.06.2016, Hanneli RudiPM
Heart of Tallinn to undergo major facelift
It all starts by the Tammsaare Park in city centre reconstructed, followed by new main street built.
04.05.2016, Uwe GnadenteichPM
Ride-sharing regularisation spawns two Toompea demonstrations today
Arriving at main hall at Riigikogu today, the ride-sharing draft act creates a rare situation where pros and cons take turns to gather at the plaza in front of the parliament.
19.04.2016, Aivar PauPM
Editorial: the tongue-tied condition politically permanent
In any corner of Estonia, everyday affairs are to be possible in Estonian. The requirement regards all state and local government agencies and departments. Also, national language must be available at private service sphere. For that, the state must provide support. Even so, playing around with requirements sends wrong signals, breeds misunderstanding and conflicts due to ignorance.
National language giving ground to Russian
Leading Estonian linguists and even transport business is troubled by sneak attack of Russian language into official services environment and think the increasingly public plans by politicians to support that is populist, demeaning and an embarrassing attempt to paper the problem over.
26.02.2016, Aivar PauPM
Estonia to regulate Uber and Taxify ride-sharers
This week, Riigikogu deliberates a bill to regulate the ride-sharing service in use in Estonia for nearly a year (Uber, Taxify, Hopp and Wisemile) by imposing rules of agreed transport.
15.02.2016, Aivar PauPM
Greedy driver may spell village folks with no bus
Is this the Soviet past, or the too low wages? Whatever the case, Road Administration is troubled to find that some bus drivers put part of ticket money in personal pant pockets.
10.11.2015, Helen MihelsonPM
Road Administration tells Superbus «no»
Road Administration declined lion's share of line permits sought by budget bus company Superbus eager to enter Estonian market as local companies already cover the routes and times desired.
12.08.2015, Hanneli RudiPM
Tallinn bans velotaxis from Old Town from Saturday
Following a more than decade-long debate, the Tallinn city government has decided to ban three-wheel bikes offering fee-charging passenger carriage service from the Old Town from Aug. 15.
Pray for Nitrofert to resurrect. Again
This year, Kohtla-Järve missed its celebrated Chemists Day, a joy of the whole town. The chemists of Nitrofert the fertilizer maker, waiting for their lay-offs announced, think back to the glory days of folks bringing the families and having lots of fun.
24.07.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
First new tram hits tracks in Estonian capital
The first of the brand new trams purchased for the city of Tallinn entered service on Tuesday by departing on Route 3 from the stop of Vana-Louna next to the city's tram depot at 1 p.m.
First new tram to hit tracks in Tallinn on March 31
The first of the brand new trams purchased for the city of Tallinn will enter service on March 31.
Editorial: public transport «pudding» – proof of the state reform
Who’s untouched by public transport? None. Even the car owner will need the occasional taxi, bus or train ride. Public transport needs to be as fast and comfy as can be. It needs to work where needed while affordable for client and provider alike – the latter burning taxpayer euros.
Poor reputation to equal jobless taxi driver
Pedal-to-metal driving style and defiance towards red lights may mean job loss for taxi drivers in times to come: a law amendment is demanding that they have a good reputation.
12.12.2014, Hanneli RudiPM
Elron CEO says new trains or wagons would eliminate problem of crowding
The main solution to overcrowding on passenger trains during peak hours would be increasing the fleet of trains, and whether the solution lies in the acquisition of new trains or wagons must be shown by an analysis to be conducted by Elron and the government as the party that places the order for public transport service, the CEO of Elron says.
Tallinn traffic to get tight
Starting next week, all tram traffic will cease in Tallinn. In city centre, the bottlenecks will narrow up.
30.07.2014, Uwe GnadenteichPM
Battle joined to jerk Savisaar
Throughout his term, mayor of Tallinn Edgar Savisaar has been enjoying almost opposition-free rule. Now, however, the three «powerless» parties have joined forces and Stage One to remove Mr Savisaar is on.
12.06.2014, Tuuli KochPM
Editorial: look further than a few years
Work capacity reform, the new coalition’s initial bone of contention, should not be rushed with. The practical aspects ought to be thoroughly considered. Let’s not forget, also, that regionally the conditions for getting to work – public transport, jobs on offer, willingness and ability of local governments – greatly vary. Overlooking such small yet vital details, the reform cannot be of expected benefit.
Editorial: former folly resurrected
Late last year, the Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro declared that as life is too costly, the state would be regulating car prices. According to the Latin-American leader, cars are produced «for the needs of the society, not for the mafia».
Tallinn lets cyclists ride bus lanes
At places, Tallinn Transport Department plans to widen bus lanes and allow use thereof by bicyclists.
14.05.2014, Uwe GnadenteichPM
For city slickers, nice bus beats free ride
When choosing between bus and walking, price counts. Options being bus and car, quality comes into play.
04.11.2013, Nils NiitraPM
Estonian capital's public transport co to raise wages 6 pct
Chairman of the board of the municipal transport company Tallinna Linnatranspordi AS Enno Tamm and Alexander Martynenko, head trustee of the transport workers' union TLT, signed on Friday a collective agreement for 2013 that foresees an average pay rise of 6 percent beginning from April.
Tallinn population grows by almost 1,400 in February
The number of residents of the Estonian capital Tallinn was 424,445 as of Friday morning, by 1,396 bigger than on the first day of February, figures from the Population Register show.
Taxi company protests free public transport stealing its bread
Taxi company Saksa Takso, protesting against free public transport, promises free ride tomorrow. Still – after €7 limit one does have to pay up.
Tallinn city govt drops plan to restore 13th pay
Mayor of Tallinn Edgar Savisaar and members of the city government together with the chairman of the city council decided on Thursday not to reinstate an annual vacation allowance for city officials dubbed the 13th pay that was slashed a few years ago as part of austerity measures.
Tallinn enriched at Ida-Viru County’s expense
This January, the population of Tallinn increased by over 4,000 people – more than last year’s total. In addition to Harju County, a strong flow towards the capital came from Ida-Viru County with close to half thousand people registering as Tallinners in January.
12.02.2013, Kristi Leppik, PostimeesPM
Traffic volumes in Estonian capital down 10 pct in first month of free public transport
Traffic of non-public transport vehicles in the Estonian capital declined by more than 10 percent in January compared to December, data of the municipal transport board show.