For years, big cities have searched for ways to reduce traffic congestion. Some urban planners believe that when given the option of free public transportation, many people will leave their cars at home. But when this was put into practice in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, the results were somewhat lackluster. In Tallinn, which began offering free transportation to city residents in January 2013, ridership rose only 1.2 percent The bottom line seems to be: Free rides entice people who would otherwise walk, but not those who would otherwise drive. And to ride on Tallinn’s buses, trams, trolleys, and trains for free, you must be registered as a resident. The municipality then gets a share of your income tax every year. Residents pay a small fee for an access card, and then all trips are free. Tourists, however, still have to pay the usual fares.
Riding off into the sunset:
Gotta admit that I know nothing about Estonia, but the two aspects of (a) free public transportation for residents; and, (b.) the absence of Donald Trump combine to make Estonia appear very attractive.
How do I get a visa?