Offer better public transport service and thus increase the number of users of public transport system in Tartu city.
In 2010 was carried out a procurement for next period (starting from January 2011) for public transport services in the city of Tartu, Estonia. The aim of the procurement was to rise a quality level of public transport system in Tartu and thus increase the number of users of city public transport system, to bring car drivers out of cars to use public transport system. There was set many different requirements (technical, service quality etc.) to fulfil by next operator. The most Important requirements where: all buses must be brand new and low-floor buses fulfilling requirements of standard EURO5. Among other conditions there was required to introduce at minimum 5 CNG buses.
As a result of the implementation of new buses and the improvement of the quality of public transport, the number of public transport users increased by about 10% in 2011-2012. Thanks to the introduction of CNG buses, the city also had a public gas station, which provided a significant boost to the use of gas-fueled vehicles. For example, today the officials of the Tartu City Government have already got 8 gas vehicles.
Tthe changes made have reduced the number of vehicles in daily traffic and, as a result, the environmental impact of transport has decreased. As a result, alternative and more environmentally friendly gaseous fuels have become more and more widely used.
From increasing of quality of public transport got the benefit both city dwellers, businesses and tourists visiting the city.

Resources needed

Around 10 000 000 €.

Evidence of success

As a result of the implementation of new buses and the improvement of the quality of public transport, the number of public transport users increased by about 10% in 2011-2012. Thanks to the introduction of CNG buses, the city also had a public gas station, which provided a significant boost to the use of gas-fueled vehicles. For example, today the officials of the Tartu City Government have already got 8 gas vehicles.

Difficulties encountered

The main problem in implementing the practice was the fact that there was a lack of public experience in the use of gas buses in Estonia, and there was also no possibility of fueling natural gas in Tartu at the start of the project.

Potential for learning or transfer

This practice clearly shows that in the case of political support and good motivation of the various parties, there is possible in a short period of time to achieve excellent results in designing of sustainable city transport system.

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Project
Main institution
Tartu City Government
Location
Eesti, Estonia (Eesti)
Start Date
January 2011
End Date
Ongoing

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