Estonia is the first country to offer free public transit nationwide

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/c4/c4ea0c8fd7e63606bdbfd87fb4dd41df.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>Tallinn, known for its digital government and successful tech startups, is often referred to as Europe&rsquo;s innovation capital. Now celebrating five years of free public transport for all citizens, the government is planning to make Estonia the first free public transport nation.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Pop-Up City</em>'s Regina Schr&ouml;ter interviews the Head of the Tallinn European Union Office,&nbsp;Allan Alak&uuml;la, about <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/24798/estonia" rel="nofollow" >Estonia</a>'s plans to expand the successful fare-free public transport model from the capital to the entire country on July 1: "Before introducing free public transport, the city center was crammed with cars. This situation has improved &mdash; also because we raised parking fees. When non-Tallinners leave their cars in a park-and-ride and check in to public transport on the same day, they can&rsquo;t only use public transport for free but also won&rsquo;t be charged the parking fee. We noticed that people didn&rsquo;t complain about high parking fees once we offered them <!--more--> good alternative."
A number of other European cities, most notably Paris, also offer, or are considering, free public transport to ease traffic, reduce pollution, and boost local businesses. Previously: Can offering free rides invigorate public transit?

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