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Electric bus to run between central bus station and railway station starting from this autumn

Tartu City Government Press Release

Bus Foto: Juhan Voolaid

29 June / The City of Tartu and AS SEBE, operator of bus services, have signed a regular transport services contract to run an electric bus between the railway station and central bus station in Tartu from 3 September 2018.


Initially, the line is planned to be operated with an electric bus for the duration of one year (until 31 August 2019). The opening of a new line will help to explore the technical and logistical challenges of using electric buses. Gathered input is intended to be used later on for planning the operation of other regular transport services.


Parties have also agreed upon a preliminary timetable, which will be adjusted according to the train timetable.


The electric bus is initially planned to run the line 14 times a day, starting the earliest round at 5.37 a.m. from Luha bus stop in Annelinn neighbourhood. The other 13 daily rounds will be run along the route from Tartu open market to Kaubamaja shopping centre, next to the train station, then to Maarjamõisa Hospital, back to the train station, to the city centre and to the open market (Turu-Kaubamaja-Raudteejaam-Maarjamõisa-Raudteejaam-Kesklinn-Turu). On the last round, the bus stops at the train station at 22.24 p.m. and drives via Annelinn to its last stop – Männimetsa – in Ihaste neighbourhood.


With total tender price of 220,400 EUR and the lowest price per km, AS SEBE won the call for tenders for the provision of regular transport services with an electric bus.


The electric bus pilot project is launched under the BSR Electric project financed by the Baltic Sea Region Programme and the regular transport service is partly financed by the European Regional Development Fund.


For further information please contact: Jaanus Tamm, project manager, Department of City Economy, e-mail: jaanus.tamm@raad.tartu.ee, phone: 5850 6742.



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