Public transport in Tampere functions according to the general purchaser-provider model. The purchaser is the Public Transport Unit, which is part of a process adopted by the city called Developing Urban Environment. The main provider is Tampere City Transport, according to a service agreement extending to the end of 2007. In 2006, transport services were also bought from a private provider for one line on a trial basis.
Local transport in the city of Tampere is organized jointly. This means that within the city limits, the ticket prices of regional traffic follow those set by the city.
The tasks of the unit purchasing public transport include: planning bus lines and routes as well as timetables; maximizing efficient vehicle use; carrying out financial clearing among service providers in joint local transport; maintaining the ticket sales network; planning fares and service traffic; providing general information on public transport; and marketing.
In addition, the purchaser unit obtains transport services – if needed, on a competitive basis. It also evaluates the need for and development of public transport, directs the development of fare collection and information systems, and develops and coordinates regional cooperation in public transport.