Vilnius launches free public transport scheme for social services and cultural institutions employees
Vilnius is expanding access to free public transport, noting that the move will cost approximately EUR 300,000.
City authorities headed by Mayor of Vilnius Remigijus Šimašius pointed out that the plan includes providing free access to public transport to social services and cultural institutions workers.
Deputy Mayor of Vilnius Tomas Gulbinas stressed “wages of employees of social services and cultural institutions are not very competitive” and expressed hope that the plan will encourage new specialists to join the city’s teams.
He added that the move will also provide additional motivation to current employees and noted that the city plans to provide them with free annual public transport tickets.
Vilnius authorities stressed that the plan includes providing free annual tickets to all employees of institutions that provide social services as well as those working for the municipal company Vilnius miesto būstas.
They will be able to use public transport free of charge year-round, including weekends and holidays.
In addition, employees of public cultural institutions in Vilnius municipality will receive free annual tickets. These include members of local orchestras and choirs.
Vilnius authorities reminded that employees of educational institutions and nursing hospital staff already enjoy free public transport in the city, concluding that the latest plan is an expansion of the free public transport project.
(Photo credit: Sauliaus Žiūros / Vilnius)