In Tallinn last month, 228,591 cards and 42,099 ID tickets were validated on public transport, according to analysis by Tallinn City Council, reports LETA.
In January 2014, a total of 307,936 cards were used - an increase of 13.8 percent on previous months. According to data provided in January 2014, 596,000 transport cards were issued. Of them 299,644 were given to members of the public for free transport rides, 72,000 for pensioners' free rides, and 3414 - for schoolchildren who are also entitled to free public transport. A total of 375,000 persons use the public transport for free, and 96,000 persons pay for a ride with a banking card.
As the vice Mayor of Tallinn Taavi Aas said, this shows that every second tallinner uses public transport.
"The number of the used cards corresponds to our expectations," said Aas noting that people positively value the quality of Tallinn's public transport. On Feb. 1, 2014, the number of residents of Tallinn was 430,594, last month the number of inhabitants in the capital increased by 695 people.