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Old February 8th, 2010, 08:12 PM   #41
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paldies liels, tev ir superiskie posti, skaisti paskatities uz visu transporyu sistemu Rīgā
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Thanks a lot, you have wonderful posts about whole Rīga transport. greets from Tallinn
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Old February 13th, 2010, 09:18 AM   #44
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Historic facts
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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.

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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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Old February 27th, 2010, 09:25 PM   #45
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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


Waiting for the trolleybus








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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Old February 27th, 2010, 10:00 PM   #46
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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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Will not be significantly reduced if the e-voucher costs of maintaining the Riga public transport can return to kompostieru system, "said the Mayor of Riga, Nils Ushakov (SC).


Ushakov said that he had "major objections" to the cooperation between the company "Riga Traffic" and "Riga" card, which provided public transport e-payment system and functioning.

"I have a complaint about the number of paid e-voucher maintenance," the mayor said adding that it would like to see these costs much lower.

"If these negotiations are unsuccessful, the worst case it will break the contract and move back to kompostieru system," Ushakov said.

Ushakov asked the Finance Department for verification and commissioning of independent economists and lawyers, the opinion of the Riga public transport system to operate the electronic billing and contracts have been concluded between the municipality "Riga Traffic" and "Riga Card".

"We receive many questions from both the residents of Riga and the council members, including opposition members, so you need to carefully examine all aspects of the functioning of this system," said council chairman.

State Audit Office (SAO) audit's Riga traffic "concluded that, although the Riga public transport system for electronic billing (e-voucher) is a significant advantage when compared with the previous punchers settlement system, its use and maintenance in the coming 13 years, cost at least 100 million lats more.

Despite the more expensive the material, the Riga municipal Ltd. "Riga Traffic" before taking a decision on the establishment of a joint enterprise with the "Affiliated Computer Services Solutions France SAS" to form "Riga map" to implement an electronic billing system, did not achieved the results and examines the increasing cost justification opposite the public transport users and service providers of the benefits.

"Riga Traffic" without negotiation procedures for selecting applicants to tender the right to request additional information about certain items of expenditure in the offers, which were impossible to compare with winning a contract in which the cost was about 1.064 million lats more than in any other in his tender, the State Audit Office has concluded.

Although the "Riga Traffic" was entitled to raise the available EU funding for 2007 to 2013 programming period, the corporation did not.

SAO believes that the successful implementation of e-voucher model with a joint enterprise, through an unjustified increase in public transport costs and tariffs, and will require additional taxpayer money in Riga compensation carrier.

"Riga Traffic" in economic terms is committed to the maintenance of the electronic payment system 13 years to pay up to 16.034 million lats more than in its bid was determined to make the same counterparty.

Electronic payment system with the maintenance of a shared enterprise "through" traffic in Riga "13 years, the cost of up to 7.445 million lats more than in maintaining the system themselves, in accordance with the Treaty establishing a joint company of such amount will be paid out in dividends to the other party.

In addition, "Riga Traffic" dividends received from the "Riga Card", which according to the business plan 13 years could reach up to 7.75 million lats, will not be included in the calculation of the "Riga Traffic" damages awarded and the grant, thus reducing the amount of compensated the loss of the envelope.

SAO also found that the "Riga Traffic" in 2009 for three months from passengers wrongly collected 594 221 lats, and unlawfully increasing the fee for running a ticket at the driver when passengers do not have to buy one elsewhere in the single-trip ticket.

SAO has concluded that the established system of discounts are not effectively managed, since it does not provide the smart card raised a loss of relief when a passenger has lost the status of the rebate recipient.

Audit of the legality of "City of Riga" Riga Traffic "electronic billing system implementation in public transport efficiency and compliance with legal requirements" Ltd. "Riga Traffic" for the period from 1 January 2008 to 30 April 2009, certain transactions until 31 October 2009.

"Riga Traffic" Press Secretary SITE Berzins and stressed that the audit of the electronic billing system implementation "Riga Traffic" on public transport efficiency and compliance with statutory requirements VK has not found violations but has expressed its views on the implementation of the system efficiency.
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The new "Škoda 15T ForCity Riga" should hit the streets in march 29-30

First pics from Škoda tests (thanks to Denis_Msk)

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The first Škoda 15T ForCity Riga was delivered to Riga depo nr.5 last night.
Here some pics of the trams stop near Riga border.








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The citaros and skoda tram are very nice...
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ForCity Riga

http://www.skoda.cz/skodovak/soubory/20100331_skoda.pdf

Article about ForCity in Skoda magazine, although in Czech only.
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Sorry for the late post, but on 15th april the new tram was presented to public

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Today the first public trip in Riga went recently purchased low-floor tram, forcing pedestrians to Kr Barona Street, for a moment to stop and look with interest the new "Riga Traffic" purchase.



The tram was presented at the 5th tram depot area. Riga mayor Nils Ušakovs the ceremony stressed that the introduction of the new tramway would be a good investment in infrastructure and noted that the fare on public transport not get too high.



While the "Riga Traffic" board Chairman Leon Bemhens in his speech said that the acquisition of the new tram is the first step in updating the composition of the tram. It is envisaged that the new public transport rate for the 6th route, which is the busiest - around 30 000 passengers a day.
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Thank you Hybrid 87 for great presentation.

I don't think many people recognise the significance of this tram, world's first 100% low floor tram with pivoting bogies. It is really the next generation of low floor tram. Riga is lucky to have such an advanced vehicle!

(You also have exactly the same colours as transit system in Sydney, Australia - blue and white - so we can only imagine!)
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Thank you Hybrid 87 for great presentation.

I don't think many people recognise the significance of this tram, world's first 100% low floor tram with pivoting bogies. It is really the next generation of low floor tram. Riga is lucky to have such an advanced vehicle!

(You also have exactly the same colours as transit system in Sydney, Australia - blue and white - so we can only imagine!)
Very impressive system from Skoda !
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(You also have exactly the same colours as transit system in Sydney, Australia - blue and white - so we can only imagine!)
The colors are from our city flag and Mercedes O345 buses were the first to wear them.
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Tram cake is yum yum
Not as impressive as the table of drinks and glasses that apparently stayed upright during ride over Riga's tracks!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYJlLBVEWho

How many trams can do that (and no buses I guess)!
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