Posts tagged as public transport

Political parties talk public transport in Riga

Friday, July 31, 2020

In the face of Riga City Council extraordinary elections at the end of August, political parties spoke their mind about public transportation in Riga. Parties promised both new discounts and varied route opportunities, Latvian Television reported July 30. One of the most popular promises in party programs in the field of public transport is the connection of the city transport system with railway, which would also mean a single ticket on…

Midsummer public transport will NOT be free of charge in Rīga

Friday, June 19, 2020

In a break with usual practice, public transport in Rīga will not be free of charge over the Midsummer holiday period. “In order not to encourage crowding and to comply with the national restrictions on the spread of COVID-19, a decision was taken on 11 June by the interim administration of the Riga City Council after consultations with epidemiologists,” a statement from the municipality said.  Public transport From Saturday, June 20, to…

Cover your nose and mouth on public transport!

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

New rules come into force on public transport May 12 as part of Latvia’s ongoing COVID-19 response. Passengers must now cover their nose and mouth during journeys. While medical-type masks are acceptable for such a purpose they are not compulsory. A scarf, handkerchief or other form of improvised face covering will also be acceptable. It is the responsibility of the carrier to inform passengers of the requirement to use a mouth…

Some train runs cut across Latvia as people abstain from public transport

Monday, March 23, 2020

As fewer people are using public transport due to the emergency situation, Latvia’s Pasažieru vilciens (Passenger Rail) is reducing some train runs from March 24 to April 14. Passenger Rail representative Agnese Līcīte said a total of 16 runs on the Dubulti, Carnikava, Ogre/Lielvārde and Jelgava routes will be cut. The following runs on the Rīga–Dubulti route will be cancelled: No.6301 from Rīga (9.05) to Dubulti (9.39) No.6351 from Rīga (19.25) to…

Changes made to Rīga public transport timetables

Friday, March 20, 2020

Due to the state of emergency and “a significant drop in passenger numbers”, Rīga’s municipal transport company, Rīgas Satiksme, has announced extensive changes to its timetables. From March 21, substantial changes will be made to the schedules of trams, trolleybuses, buses, minibuses and express buses. Night routes will also be closed from 23:30. A graphic provided evidence of the scale of the reduction in passenger numbers. Full information is available  at the Rīgas Satiksme…

Tallinn provides free public transport for 420,000 people

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Tallinn is the largest city to offer free public transport so far. It has a population of 420,000, with a transport network consisting of five tram lines, eight trolley bus lines and 57 bus routes. Allan Alaküla, head of Tallinn’s EU office in Brussels, says public transport was made free in the city because of “social urgency”. “Ticket costs became a major concern for public transport users in 2010 and…

Front door entry only for Rīga public transport from February

Friday, January 10, 2020

The new rules will apply on trolleybus route 13 and buses 34, 35, 43, 47, and 54 and comes after a pilot project on other routes was deemed a success and the rules were subsequently introduced on trolleybus routes 1, 10, 20, 28, and 60. Other routes are unaffected by the changes. During the pilot project, launched on July 8, 2019, the goal was to increase the number of journeys registered…

Tallinn to raise public transport ticket prices for non-residents

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

The city government of Tallinn, capital of Estonia, has submitted a draft regulation to the city council according to which the prices of Tallinn’s public transport tickets for non-residents will increase from the new year, the city government informed. Single ride tickets will be replaced by one-hour tickets. The price of a one-hour ticket bought from the bus driver will remain the same, that is two euros. Instead of the…

Estonia: Public transport cards to become usable both in Tallinn, Helsinki in 2021

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Mayor of Tallinn Mihhail Kolvart and Deputy mayor of Helsinki Anni Sinnemaki concluded at a meeting held in Helsinki on Tuesday that the capital cities of Estonia and Finland should coordinate their efforts and develop a shared public transport ticketing system, according to the Postimees information reports LETA/BNS. “Interactions between our cities’ residents are becoming increasingly intense, from closer business operations to visiting a doctor in the other city,” the deputy mayor of…

Free public transport is means to encourage sustainable behavior

Monday, October 1, 2018

In his speech at the Le Havre Forum on Postive Economy, mayor of Tallinn Taavi Aas said that free public transport is a means to encourage sustainable behavior. Aas, who delivered his remarks as the keynote speaker of the forum’s rethinking mobility bloc, said that public transport is the most cost-effective means of mobility which uses urban space in the most effective manner, spokespeople for the city government said. Cars,…