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Old February 5th, 2010, 11:22 PM   #1
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RIGA | Public Transport




Riga is the capital and largest city of Latvia. It’s also the largest city in the Baltic states.

City information

Homepage: www.riga.lv

Area (2002)
City - 304 sq km (48.5 sq km are water)
Metro area - 10`133 sq km

Population (2014)
City - 701`977
Metro area - 1`018`295

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Operators

Rīgas Satiksme [Bus, Trolleybus, Tram]
Homepage: http://www.rigassatiksme.lv
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rigassatiks...ref=ts&fref=ts
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Rigassatiksme_


Rīgas Mikroautobusu Satiksme [Minibuses, Night buses]


Bus
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First bus route opened in 1852
Now 432 buses are servicing 53 routes
Average of 5`714`057 passengers each month


Trolleybus
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First trolleybus route opened in 1947
Now 267 trolleybuses are servicing 19 trolleybus routes
Average of 3`833`921 passengers each month

Tram
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First horse tram route opened in 1882
First electric tram route opened in 1901
Now 224 trams are servicing 9 tram routes
Average of 2`852`319 passengers each month


Minibuses
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Since 2013 all routes are serviced by Rīgas Mikroautobusu Satiksme (a subsidiary of Rīgas Satiksme), before that they were serviced by 7 private companies.
Now 141 minibuses are servicing 23 minibus routes




Payment for public transport usage

A touchless form of ticket called e-talons is used by all vechicles.


You can choose from a variety of ticket types and "load" them into the tickets which later must be moved close to a ticket validator to register the ride. If the ticket is not registered you will be fined for riding without a ticket.

Additional to the e-talons you can buy tickets directly by the driver (except Škoda 15T and Škoda 15T1 trams). But the ticket price is twice the price for a pre-paid ticket.

More information about the types of tickets and prices in the post #6 of this thread (direct link).

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If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat.
If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.
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Buses



Rolling stock
Operated by Rīgas Satiksme
Sorted alphabetically by manufacturer, images from http://fotobus.msk.ru/

Ikarus EAG E91
52 in service. Delivered in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006.


Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro
34 in service. Delivered in 2002, 2003, 2004.


Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro G
58 in service. Delivered in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006.


Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro L
25 in service. Delivered in 2002, 2003, 2004.


Mercedes-Benz O345
46 in service. Delivered in 1997, 1999.


Mercedes-Benz O345 Conecto C
1 in service. Delivered in 2002.


Mercedes-Benz O345G
25 in service. Delivered in 1997, 2000.


Solaris Urbino 12
63 in service. Delivered in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004.


Solaris Urbino 15
47 in service. Delivered in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004.


Solaris Urbino 18
59 in service. Delivered in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2014.




Routes

Route list with maps and timetables: http://saraksti.rigassatiksme.lv/index.html#bus/map/en

Legend to the route list:
Daily service
Working days only

1 Abrenes iela - Pansionāts
2 Abrenes iela - Vecmīlgrāvis
3 Bolderāja - Pļavnieki
4 Abrenes iela - Piņķi
4z Abrenes iela - Zolitūde
5 Abrenes iela - Mežciems
6 Centrālā stacija - Dreiliņi
7 Abrenes iela - Stīpnieki
8 Stacijas laukums - Zolitūde
9 Abrenes iela - Mežaparks
10 Abrenes iela - Brūkleņu iela - Jaunmārupe
11 Abrenes iela - Jaunciems - Suži
12 Abrenes iela - Kooperatīvs "Ziedonis"
13 Babītes stacija - Kleisti - Preču 2
14 Abrenes iela - Zvēraudzētava
15 Dārziņi - Jugla 3
16 Abrenes iela - Garkalnes Mucenieki
18 Abrenes iela - Dārziņi
19 Mežciems - Bukulti - Sarkandaugava
20 Pētersalas iela - Pļavnieku kapi
21 Imanta 5 - Jugla 3
22 Abrenes iela - Lidosta [AIRPORT SERVICE]
23 Abrenes iela - Baloži
24 Abrenes iela - Mangaļsala
25 Abrenes iela - Mārupe
26 Abrenes iela - Katlakalns
28 Jugla 3 - Langstiņi
29 Mežciems - Vecmīlgrāvis
30 Centrālā stacija - Bolderāja
31 Dārziņi - Jugla 3
32 Abrenes iela - Piņķi
34 Centrāltirgus - Saulīši
35 Abrenes iela - Pleskodāle
36 Imanta - Vakarbuļļi
37 Esplanāde - Imanta 5
38 Abrenes iela - Dzirciema iela
39 Abrenes iela - Lāčupes kapi
40 Jugla 3 - Ziepniekkalns
41 Esplanāde - Imanta 5
43 Abrenes iela - Skulte
44 Ziepniekkalns - Zolitūde
46 Ziepniekkalns - Zolitūde
47 Abrenes iela - Šķirotava
48 Pļavnieku kapi - Sarkandaugava
49 MAN TESS - Rumbula
50 Abrenes iela - TEC 2
51 Abrenes iela - Ulbroka
52 Abrenes iela - Pļavnieku kapi
53 Esplanāde - Zolitūde
54 Abrenes iela - Voleri
55 Abrenes iela - Jaunmārupe
56 Bolderāja - Ziepniekkalns
57 Abrenes iela - Ķīpsala

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Trolleybus



Rolling stock
Operated by Rīgas Satiksme
Sorted alphabetically by manufacturer, images from http://transphoto.ru/

Belkommunmash 333
7 in service. Delivered in 2001.


Ganz-MAZ 103T
1 in service. Delivered in 2003.


Solaris Trollino 18
52 in service. Delivered in 2000, 2004, 2005.


Škoda 14Tr and 14TrM
9 in service. Delivered in 1989, 1996, 1997, 1998.


Škoda 15Tr and 15TrM
33 in service. Delivered in 1989, 1990, 1991, 1998, 2000.


Škoda 24Tr
150 in service. Delivered in 2007, 2008, 2009.


Škoda 27Tr
25 in test phase. Delivered 2014.




Routes

Full list of routes with map and timetable: http://saraksti.rigassatiksme.lv/index.html#trol/map/en

Legend to the route list:
Daily service

1 Valmieras iela - Pētersalas iela
3 Centrāltirgus - Sarkandaugava
5 Daugavas stadions - Klīniskā slimnīca
9 Stacijas laukums - Iļģuciems
11 Centrālā stacija - Ieriķu iela
12 Āgenskalna priedes - Šmerlis
13 Centrāltirgus - Ieriķu iela
14 Esplanāde - Mežciems
15 Latvijas Universitāte - Ķengarags
16 Pļavnieki - Šmerlis
17 Centrālā stacija - Purvciems
18 Centrālā stacija - Mežciems
19 Pētersalas iela - Ziepniekkalns
20 Latvijas Universitāte - Televīzijas centrs
22 Centrālā stacija - Pļavnieki
23 Centrālā stacija - Purvciems
24 A/S "Dzintars" - Pētersalas iela
25 Brīvības iela - Iļģuciems
27 Stacijas laukums - Ziepniekkalns




Trams



Rolling stock
Operated by Rīgas Satiksme
Sorted alphabetically by manufacturer, images from http://transphoto.ru/
Quantity in service is shown for individual tram cars (Tatra trams usually operate in two car tram trains)


Historic car 1901
1 in service. Built in 1982 by the 5th tram depot after old blueprints.


Škoda 15T ForCity Alpha
20 in service. Delivered in 2010, 2011.


Škoda 15T1 ForCity Alpha
6 in service. Delivered in 2012.


Tatra T3A
Modernised Tatra T3
128 in service. Delivered in


Tatra T3MR (T6B5-R)
Modernised Tatra T6B5SU
30 in service. Delivered in


Tatra T6B5SU
8 in service. Delivered in




Routes

Full list of routes with map and timetable: http://saraksti.rigassatiksme.lv/index.html#tram/map/en

Legend to the route list:
Daily service
Workdays Only
Historic route(only Friday - Sunday in Summer (May - September) is serviced by the Historic car)

2 Centrāltirgus - Tapešu iela
3 Jugla - Tirdzniecības centrs "Dole"
4 Centrāltirgus - Imanta
5 Iļģuciems - Mīlgrāvis
6 Ausekļa iela - Jugla
7 Ausekļa iela - Tirdzniecības centrs "Dole"
9 Aldaris - Tirdzniecības centrs "Dole"
10 Centrāltirgus - Bišumuiža
11 Stacijas laukums - Mežaparks
RETRO Ausekļa iela - Mežaparks

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If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat.
If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.
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- Sun Tzu

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Minibuses



Rolling stock
Operated by Rīgas Mikroautobusu Satiksme
Sorted alphabetically by manufacturer, images from http://fotobus.msk.ru/

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 513CDI
120 in service. Delivered in 2013, 2014.


Volkswagen Crafter
21 in service. Delivered in 2013, 2014.




Routes

Full list of routes with map and timetable: http://saraksti.rigassatiksme.lv/ind...minibus/map/en

Legend to the route list:
Daily service
Working days only
Monday to Saturday

[b]200 Stacijas laukums - Vecdaugava
203 Jugla - Pļavnieki
204 Centrs - Jugla
206 Autoosta - Mežciems
208 Centrāltirgus - Pļavnieki
209 Purvciems - Rumbula
214 Centrs - Dreiliņi
216 Centrs - Ķengarags
222 Centrālā stacija - Lidosta [AIRPORT SERVICE]
224 Stacijas laukums - Mangaļsala
233 Centrs - Ziepniekkalns
236 Baznīcas iela - Zolitūde
237 Esplanāde - Imanta
238 Centrs - Imanta
241 Centrs - Lidosta
242 Centrālā stacija - Imanta
244 Centrālā stacija - Iļģuciems
246 Centrs - Bolderāja
263 Mežciems - Šampēteris
267 Centrs - Sarkandaugava
270 Imanta - Pļavnieki

271 P. Stradiņa slimnīca - Slimnīca "Linezers"
280 Autoosta - Purvciems


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If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat.
If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.
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Payment types
More information: https://www.rigassatiksme.lv/en/tickets-and-e-ticket/



Types of e-tickets

For all types of e-tickets
Tickets are to be used within 12 months upon the moment of purchase, except when the tariff of the ticket type changes or the ticket type is cancelled and Riga municipal company "Rīgas satiksme" sets a transition period for the validity of the ticket type;
E-tickets cannot be folded, pressed, broken, crumpled, soaked or subjected to another impact which makes them invalid for use.

Yellow e-ticket

Made of cardboard, with an electronic chip;
Can be reloaded after the use of paid services (with the same type of ticket);
Time tickets, group tickets, minibus tickets and tickets for a certain number of trips are available;
It can be bought in ticket vending machines, kiosks of "Narvesen", "Latvia Post" offices in Riga and ticket trade outlets of "Rīgas satiksme";
It is convenient for passengers who do not use Riga public transport on a regular basis, including Riga guests;

Non-personalised e-ticket

Made of plastic ;
Valid for 5 years;
Does not include personal data – can be used by several persons;
Available in "Rīgas satiksme" ticket trade outlets only; when buying a blue non-personalised e-ticket, a customer pays a deposit of EUR 2.85, which is repaid if the ticket is returned to a Riga municipal company "Rīgas satiksme" customer service centre in a technically sound and usable condition during its validity period;
It is necessary for those who use public transport on a regular basis, including one-month tickets without discounts, and does not want to use a personalised e-ticket;
If lost, cannot be blocked and restored;
It can be reloaded in ticket vending machines, kiosks of "Narvesen", "Latvia Post" offices in Riga and ticket trade outlets of "Rīgas satiksme";
Designed for loading one-month tickets and tickets for a certain number of trips;

Personalised e-ticket

Made of plastic;
Valid for 5 years;
Attached to one holder only;
Contains holder’s data – photo, name, surname;
Can be only used by its holder;
Compulsory for those passengers who use fare discounts in public transport, except for those enjoying 100% fare discount granted by the state (disabled persons of group 1 and 2 and disabled persons until the age of 18 years; see here); every passenger may apply for this type of e-ticket after visiting a customer service centre and completing a special form;
If the ticket is lost, it can be blocked and restored without losing the services paid;
It can be reloaded in ticket vending machines, kiosks of "Narvesen", "Latvia Post" offices in Riga, ticket trade outlets of "Rīgas satiksme" and on the Internet;
Designed for loading one-month tickets, minibus tickets and tickets for a certain number of trips;
The first e-ticket is issued free of charge, but if lost, making a new e-ticket will cost EUR 2.85 / LVL 2.00.

Riga resident’s card

Made of plastic;
Valid for 10 years;
Attached to one user;
Contains client’s data – photo, name, surname, identity code;
May be only used by its owner;
If lost, the card may be blocked and restored without losing already paid services;
Can be reloaded in ticket vending machines, "Narvesen", "Preses apvienība" kiosks, "Latvia Post" offices in Riga, in outlets selling "Rīgas satiksme" tickets, as well as on the Internet;
The card may be issued to persons having declared their residence in Riga or to persons who own a real estate in Riga;
It is issued for the first time free of charge, but a repeated issue of the card in case of its loss will cost EUR 2.85;
Discounts in other municipal services may be used with this card.

ISIC e-card

Made of plastic;
Valid for one year (the expiry date is indicated on the card);
Attached to one holder;
Contains customer’s data – photo, name, surname, identity code;
Can be only used by the card’s holder;
If lost, it can be blocked and restored without losing the already paid services;
can be reloaded in ticket vending machines, kiosks of "Narvesen", "Latvia Post" offices in Riga, ticket trade outlets of "Rīgas satiksme" and on the Internet;
ISIC is a document confirming the status of students and scholars, which is recognized by UNESCO;
It is granted to full-time students of comprehensive educational institutions and professional basic education, professional and professional secondary education programmes;
More information is available at www.isic.lv.

Paper ticket

Paper ticket – sold in public transport and in night transport only;
Valid for the trip only – during which it has been bought;
Pet’s ticket – can be only bought in public transport from driver;
Disabled persons of group 1 and 2, disabled persons under the age of 18 years and persons accompanying a disabled person of group 1 or a disabled person under the age of 18 years can receive A FREE TICKET from driver without using a personalised e-ticket (they have to present a valid disabled person’s certificate to driver).

Single transfer ticket

In case of technical problems, the driver issues to passengers single transfer tickets which are valid for one hour in any vehicle of "Rīgas satiksme".



Types and prices of tickets
Indicated prices are for passangers without discounts.
The policy for the ticket prices is mainly to encourage people to buy them before they use them. For example one trip pre-paid ticket coasts only €0.60, while one trip ticket bought from the driver is €1.20. And if you buy tickets for multiplte trips the price for one trip is reduced even more (for example if you buy 10 trips the single trip price is €0.57, or if you buy 50 trips - €0.52).

Legend for types of tickets and in which forms of e-tickets they can be loaded:
In all forms
Only in the yellow e-ticket
Only in Non-Personalised, Personalised, Riga Resident's, ISIC e-tickets

Ticket for a certain number of trips
1 trip - €0.60
2 trips - €1.20
4 trips - €2.40
5 trips - €3.00
10 trips - €5.70
20 trips - €10.80
50 trips - €26.40
2 trips of 2 passengers - €2.40
2 trips of 3 passengers - €3.60

Time ticket
one route for 5 days - €5.00
all tram trolleybus and bus routes for 5 days - €8.00
all tram trolleybus and bus routes for 3 days - €7.00
all tram trolleybus and bus routes for 24 hours - €2.50

Route number is registered at the first validation.

One-month ticket
one route for workdays - €20.00
all tram trolleybus and bus routes for workdays - €30.00
one route for all days - €25.00
all tram trolleybus and bus routes for all days - €40.00

One-month ticket are valid till the same date in the next month after the first validation.
Route number is registered at the first validation.


Ticket sold in public transport
One trip - €1.20
One pet - €1.00
Transfer ticket - €0.00
These tickets are not loaded into the e-tickets, they are issued as paper tickets.
Transfer ticket is only issued if the vehicle can not continue the trip due to technical problems.


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If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat.
If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.
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New trams

In about a month Riga should recieve the first new low-floor trams Škoda 15T ForCity Riga

More info from skoda.cz

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"Rīgas satiksme" to test natural gas bus on route No. 13.

Rīgas satiksme informs that a Mercedes-Benz Citaro CNG bus will be tested on bus route No. 13 linking Babīte railway station to railway station Preču-2 (near Rencēnu Street). The bus will not be painted in the traditional white-and-blue livery of Riga public transport, so Rīgas satiksme clients are encouraged to take the vehicle, as well as to call 80001919 for questions and comments.

Mercedes-Benz Citaro CNG is a low-platform bus powered by natural gas; it will be supplied with the electronic payments system. The bus is silver-coloured and bears the logotype of Rīgas satiksme, the route number being in the front part of the vehicle.

The bus to be tested was supplied to Rīgas satiksme by SIA Domenikss free of charge.
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If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.
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If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat.
If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.
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Nice thread on public transportation in Riga

Could you show also where are located bases of trams, tolleybuses and buses? Could be also some nice pictures ahead... Maybe also some nice pictures of places where tram runs "akmens tilts", "Bastion", "Opera", some other places I don't know...

Maybe service hangars of Riga Satiksme? Some pictures of RVR tram manufacturing halls...
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Nice thread on public transportation in Riga

Could you show also where are located bases of trams, tolleybuses and buses? Could be also some nice pictures ahead... Maybe also some nice pictures of places where tram runs "akmens tilts", "Bastion", "Opera", some other places I don't know...

Maybe service hangars of Riga Satiksme? Some pictures of RVR tram manufacturing halls...
All is still ahead
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If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat.
If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.
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- Sun Tzu
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Old February 8th, 2010, 01:19 PM   #11
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Love this thread and waiting for more information, especially like the maps.
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If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat.
If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.
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paldies liels, tev ir superiskie posti, skaisti paskatities uz visu transporyu sistemu Rīgā
esi sveicinats no Tallinas

Thanks a lot, you have wonderful posts about whole Rīga transport. greets from Tallinn
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very informative and good thread
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The Metro Project

The idea of the Riga underground emerged in mid seventies at the time when local town planners were drawing up the sketch of how to integrate the traffic systems into the capital. Several concepts were proposed e.g. to reconstruct the rail way or to install the high-speed tram lines. However officials regarded both proposals as inefficient. Since there was a principle or an unwritten law in USSR to build a metro in every city exceeding the population of one million people and Riga had the third highest number of trips per person in public transport in USSR it was Riga’s turn to get the tube. The commission of USSR planning experts decided to ignore the fact that Riga was short of 150 thousand people to conform to the criteria and decided on pressing on with the project. The reason given was that the natural growth and the immigration as well as the migration of workforce to implement the metro would increase the number of people living in Riga to 1 million. Initially there were three lines planned. The first one would be the ZASALAUKS-VEF borough with eight stops planned – ZASULAUKS – AURORA – DAUGAVA – CENTRALA – KIROVA (now Elizabetes) – RAINA – OSHKALNI (now Zemitani) – VEF. At the end of the 80-ies the project received keen criticism and the planned construction at the 90-ies didn’t start.

Two lines

The Metrogiprotran institute in Moscow had to design the layout of the underground, work out the economic basis of the tube and come up with detailed design of the project itself. Technical and economic basis of the project was going to be completed by 1978; another three years were scheduled for the elaboration of the project itself and another nine years to construct first eight subway stops. Hence the first underground line was supposed to be launched in 1990.
According to the 1977 public plan there has to be built two metro lines: one from Pleskodale/Zolitude up to Purvciems/Dreilini and another from Milgravis to Ziepniekkalns. The construction works were to begin on VEF – Zasulauks section having following stops: Zasulauks-Aurorra-Daugava-Centrala-Kirova-Raina-Oskalni-VEF. The flow of passengers were planned to be the most intensive here.

Another line

If we were to believe the press of that time the construction of the underground was welcomed by many citizens and the heads of the city were about to rave about it. Riga could become the “honoured” first of the Baltic republics to have a tube. However the processes of coordination were dragging on. Engineers had to come out of the problem of the unstable ground. It resulted in technical and economic grounds of the project being finished two years later – in 1980 (it was approved by the head of the metropoliten in USSR Ministry of Transport and some other officials of Riga and Moscow). Though only five years later it was when the officials stated that they have got the technical design of the projected VEF – Zasulauks line. To start up the project the preparation works had to be done – the depot, the offices and the station construction sites needed to be built and few buildings needed to be demolished. The plots on Granita Street in Bolderaja were chosen and the “grand” base was planned to be in Mezaparks. However the work on construction of metro itself could not commence before the preparation works were finished. So the construction of the metro was postponed till 1990 together with the launch of the first line till 1997. It appeared that even this rescheduling did not allow the designers to fit in given time frame. According to the available information as the result of regular delays the project was ready in 1988. But now instead of two lines there were three now: Imanta-Centrs-Jugla-Dreilini; Mezaparks-Centrs-Ziepniekkalns; Centrs-Bulli.

Battling for millions

The same year the press was writing that Riga has got 250 mil rubli to implement the project. It is worth to mention the fact that the first Baltic subway was to be most expensive one in USSR. It was estimated that the cost of one kilometre would be 25-26 mil rubli. At the time the metro in Minsk was being built at cost 15 mil rubli per kilometre.
Truth to be said that Riga top dogs did not bother much about it – the funding would come from Moscow anyway. The expenses form the Latvia SSR budget would build up from building the depot - 10-12 mil rubli, 2.5 mil for engineering block, 4-5 mil building the exits to the street level. It would result in Riga spending less than 20 millions to get the underground. Riga at its free will would not give up on this because Odessa and Omsk were keenly competing for getting finances for their underground. However the whole nation of Latvia stud up against the proposal.

The fear from global flooding

Just before the final design proposal of Riga metro saw the daylight the objections were rised againnst it. Tey were referring to the usefulness and effectiveness of such a massive and challenging project by scientific community at first place. They were arguing that this project would bring more harm than benefits to the city because the ground waters in Riga are very high, the currents are migrating and nobody could tell were are they going to be after a decade. If ground waters would come across metro lines the metros and the buildings would get flooded. The opposition of the project used this argument in their speculations while similar challenge did not put of St Peterborough to carry out the subway project. As the attitude towards the “free word” got of in mid 80-ies the press were filled with geologic and geodesic articles.
However the course of the scattered metro project discussion was inconsistent. Initially people were talking about the potential flooding, after the authors of the project were blamed for having inconvenient planning of stations and at the end there was an argument that the idea of metro is outmoded. After it was clarified that all the arguments were not valid the patriotic slogans were used saying that the project is a cover up to bring in another portion of Slavs and that would threaten the identity of Latvia and its language.
The wave of patriotic state of mind broughtin the line of unusual events – the opposition disputed the decision of Riga officials and the competence of specialists from Moscow. The green activists organised the act of protest (1987) after which the decision was made to start the work on the second technical and economical basis of the metro project. Local specialists were asked to do that (though they did not have the necessary skills and expertise) – they did not trust the specialists from Moscow.
After two months commission came to the conclusion that there is no economic or technological basis to continue withe this project. That was the end of it – 12 years of bureaucratic flattering had not given way to any useful outcome.

Perspective routes of metro (1980's)





RAIŅA, near Dailes Teatris - a bit from Prague city metro


DAUGAVA - Uvaras bulvāris simply beauty


Central station - one of the version (looks like 30's modernism)


One of the version of ZASULAUKS STATION - standart USSR style


ZASULAUKS - still quite modern in my mind


AURORA agenskalns - USSR times, but still Latvian feeling


ZASULAUKS - other version - no comments, nothing special, as would say Mr. Slakteris


VEF - USSR type reminding Kharkov (Ukraine)


CENTRS - one of the beautiful work
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Gaisa bridge and entrance to tram depo Nr. 5 (location on Wikimapia)




Tram Depo Nr. 5 (location on Wikimapia)






Tram depo Nr. 5(location on Wikimapia)












A regional bus (private company)


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A typical stop


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Trolleybus route nr. 7 end stop - Ķeguma iela (location on Wikimapia)


Trolleybus route nr. 7 end stop - Ķeguma iela (location on Wikimapia)


At trolleybus route nr. 11 and 13 end stop - Ieriķu iela (location on Wikimapia)


At trolleybus route nr. 11 and 13 end stop - Ieriķu iela (location on Wikimapia)


At trolleybus route nr. 11 and 13 end stop - Ieriķu iela (location on Wikimapia)


At trolleybus route nr. 11 and 13 end stop - Ieriķu iela (location on Wikimapia)


At trolleybus route nr. 11 and 13 end stop - Ieriķu iela (location on Wikimapia)


At trolleybus route nr. 11 and 13 end stop - Ieriķu iela (location on Wikimapia)


A typical route taxi on route nr. 209


At trolleybus route nr. 11 and 13 end stop - Ieriķu iela (location on Wikimapia)


At trolleybus route nr. 11 and 13 end stop - Ieriķu iela (location on Wikimapia)


At trolleybus route nr. 11 and 13 end stop - Ieriķu iela (location on Wikimapia)






At trolleybus route nr. 17 and 23 end stop - Purvciems (location on Wikimapia)


At trolleybus route nr. 17 and 23 end stop - Purvciems (location on Wikimapia)


End of route taxi route nr. 280


At trolleybus route nr. 17 and 23 end stop - Purvciems (location on Wikimapia)








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Interior of Trollino 18


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It's nice to see that almost all of the old trolleybuses have been replaced with new ones in Riga. But Riga has the same problem that Tallinn has: tram tracks are in desperate need of maintenance...no, complete reconstruction. That would significantly increase the speed of trams. At the moment trams are slower than other means of transport both in Riga and Tallinn.
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Total reconstruction of tram lines will last at least 10 - 15 years unfortunately. Reasons - a) very expensive, total costs exceed 400 mio EUR; b) of one starts to rebuild tram tracks, there are many more problems discovered - streets need to be replanned together with sideways, pipes etc.
Thus Riga will do it step by step.
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Total reconstruction of tram lines will last at least 10 - 15 years unfortunately. Reasons - a) very expensive, total costs exceed 400 mio EUR; b) of one starts to rebuild tram tracks, there are many more problems discovered - streets need to be replanned together with sideways, pipes etc.
Thus Riga will do it step by step.
As long as you're doing it at all, it's fine. Tallinn needs to replace 2km of its tram tracks every year to keep the tracks in a normal condition but at the moment we're replacing only 200m on average so the tram tracks are getting worse and worse and the trams slower and slower....
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