Archinect - News 2014-10-21T11:14:09-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/92470990/can-offering-free-rides-invigorate-public-transit Can offering free rides invigorate public transit? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-01-30T19:27:00-05:00 >2014-02-03T19:30:59-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0r/0ry4ata9th0w9azq.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Last January, Tallinn, the capital city of Estonia, did something that no other city its size had done before: It made all public transit in the city free for residents. [...] One year later, this city of 430,000 people has firmly established itself as the leader of a budding international free-transit movement. [...] What&rsquo;s less clear on the first anniversary of free transit in Tallinn is whether it has actually changed commuting behavior all that much.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As it turned out,&nbsp;Tallinn's bold move last year to offer free-transit to its residents did not have a very dramatic effect on its own ridership. But the experiment has clarified some subtle issues in public transit:</p><ul><li>Free-transit as a "second-best pricing scheme": if a city wants to curb drivers and increase public-transit use, it may be best to de-incentivize driving, rather than incentivizing public transit. Fees on drivers and increased taxes for car ownership may be more effective in getting folks on public transit than offering free rides.</li><li>Price affects accessibility, but not necessarily use: This may seem obvious, but without price-barriers, the unemployed could commute through all of Tallinn and increase access to potential employers.&nbsp;Transit ridership grew the most in Lasnam&auml;e, a densely populated area with high unemployment.</li><li>Free-rides for everyone may not be sustainable, but it can still be good policy for some demographics. Cities like Hasselt, Belgium and Chengdu in China ha...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/16227399/street-2020-tallinn-vision-competition-winners STREET 2020, Tallinn Vision Competition Winners Alexander Walter 2011-08-08T15:14:08-04:00 >2011-08-08T15:16:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/76/76uizddkylokgo0o.jpg" width="514" height="440" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The winning entries have been announced in the Tallinn Architecture Biennale (TAB) Vision Competition STREET 2020. Organized by the Estonian Architecture Centre and the City of Tallinn, this open international competition invited students, architects, landscape architects and planners to focus on the hybrid issue of 'Landscape Urbanism' applied to Estonia's capitol city: battling heavy traffic congestion while improving the quality of urban life for pedestrians and cyclists.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>