In the coming weeks Taavi Aas, Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure, is going to make a proposal to the Cabinet to acquire four new trains for Elron, the state-owned Estonian operator of passenger trains that conducts its business under the Elron brand. This would make traveling more comfortable, environmentally friendly and add more room for bicycles.
"By making the train traffic more environmentally friendly and creating faster connection times, we could gradually get more people to commute on trains. The purchase of new trains would enable adding faster express departures to Tartu, Narva and Viljandi routes. It would also improve the usage of slower ordinary trains," said Aas.
The plan is to acquire new hybrid trains, with lower energy and maintenance costs than the current diesel trains. "When acquiring new trains, we want Elron to keep in mind that besides larger seating areas, there would be room for baby carriages and bicycles. It is also important thatpassengers with reduced mobility could travel comfortably," added Aas.
In addition to economic savings, the new trains will be significantly more comfortable, economically friendly and quiet.
The number of train passengers in Estonia has increased by more than a third in five years. Due to increase in demand the train traffic between bigger cities has doubled.