Thursday, June 27, 2013

Experimenting with free public transport in Finland deemed worthwhile by the Minister of Transport

Free public transport could be experimented with in larger cities of Finland, said the Finnish Minister of Transport Merja Kyllönen in an interview to the newspaper Helsingin Sanomat.

"Absolutely," replied Kyllönen, a member of the Left Alliance, to the question of whether public transport should be for free.

"At least it would be sensible, if it were for free for youngsters, for under 18-year-olds," said Kyllönen. "If we are going to raise a generation of public transport users, it cannot be achieved only by wishing. We should have the courage to experiment it in bigger cities in order to see, what kind of expenses it would entail."

The city government of Tallinn (capital of Estonia) implemented the free public transport for residents from the beginning of this year.

See also: video of Tallinn TV

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