P3 Well-connected region
3.1. Improved transport flows of people and goods
Southern Finland - Estonia
01.05.2018 - 30.04.2021
€2 610 822
€2 049 071
Estonia and Finland are one of the most closely connected countries in Europe. Finland is the biggest foreign labour market for Estonians and Estonia is one of the most popular tourism destinations for Finns. The influx of people and goods have constantly been growing during the last decade. Projections show that these numbers are going to increaseA great deal of these passengers (approx. 60%) use public transportation, both for work and leisure. This means purchasing at least three different types of tickets – local tickets in either Helsinki, Tallinn or Tartu, and a ferry ticket. This is time-consuming.
The journey will get even more fragmented if the passengers need to travel outside the capital regions: urther destinations, such as Tartu have their local ticketing systems, which means another purchase. The e-ticketing project aims at connecting ticketing systems in Tallinn, Tartu, and Helsinki to enable seamless travelling. The project aims at talking this challenge with three interconnected actions: Firstly, the conceptual business model will to be sorted out. Secondly, the developing the system and testing it takes place. Thirdly, project partners will pilot the joint ticketing system in Tallinn, Tartu, and Helsinki.
As a result, it is expected that the time spent on travelling can be reduced approximately by 5%.
Partner budget: 974.553 EUR
Amount of ERDF funding: 818.624 EUR ERDF
Three different ticketing solutions will be created. First stage (the interoperable mobile ticket) means that people travelling to Tallinn (or Tartu) from Helsinki (and vice versa) can buy Tallinn (and Tartu) public transport mobile ticket from Helsinki's mobile application (and vice versa). The second stage (interoperability for contactless EMV cards) will be created by integrating customer portals in a way, that passenger can see its trips and payments for all cities in the same interface. The third stage (the interoperability with existing travel cards) means that passengers do not have to purchase a new travel card from the neighbor country, but can buy the online ticket to their already existing travel cards (Ühiskaart in Estonia and Matkakortti in Finland). This will be done in an account based principle, meaning that no actual ticket information will be written on the travel card itself, but the card will act as a token only.