The capital's public transport operator, Tallinna Linnatranspordi AS, has announced a purchase tender for 40 new buses which, if all goes according to plan, should be cruising Tallinn's streets by December 2013.
Company representative Vaabo Teder told Eesti Päevaleht that the 20 regular and 20 articulated buses will replace older vehicles that are coming to the end of their service lives.
In preparation for the January 1 switch to free public transport for all registered residents of the city, Tallinn has already made substantial changes to the bus and traffic system, including the addition of bus lanes and the installation of a new electronic ticketing system. Changes in the route network are also in the planning.
Earlier this month, Tallinna Linnatranspordi AS announced the winner of a bid to supply the city with 15 new trams in 2014. The outcome of that tender has been contested by the Swiss-German company that lost out to its Spanish rival.