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Old May 17th, 2012, 07:54 PM   #121
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I visited Riga for a couple of weeks ago, so here are some photos...



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Old May 26th, 2012, 08:08 PM   #122
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Tram videos from Riga

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Old May 27th, 2012, 04:18 AM   #123
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What are those ACS machines for? Are they for ticketing or is it for tracking the location of the tram using beacons?
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Old June 8th, 2012, 01:04 PM   #124
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First four section Škoda 15T tram is here and it is HUGE (compared to other trams in Riga). It's 41m long an has a capacity of 430 passanger. It's the biggest tram in history that's been used in public service.







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Old June 8th, 2012, 07:05 PM   #125
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First four section Škoda 15T tram is here and it is HUGE (compared to other trams in Riga). It's 41m long an has a capacity of 430 passanger. It's the biggest tram in history that's been used in public service.

You mean biggest in Riga cause in the world there are trams larger in public service.
7 section Citadis trams are 42 meters long.
In Budapest Combino trams are 54 meters long.
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Old June 8th, 2012, 08:32 PM   #126
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Yes of course I meant the biggest in Riga :p
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Old September 22nd, 2012, 04:35 PM   #127
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Since today is the "Day without a car" Rīgas Satiksme has made the rides for car owners free and I just had to use this to make small trip around Riga.

Purvciems (end point for trolleybus routes 17 and 23)


Solaris Trollino 18 (3rd gen) arriving at Purvciems


Route info display of Solaris Trollino 18


Mežciems (end point for trolleybus routes 14, 18 and bus routes 5, 19, 29)






Road works on Brīvības gatve (tram route 6 usually went here, but since april 2012 till mid 2013 it's replaced here with bus route 6T), near Murjāņu iela crossing




The tram tracks are still un-replaced here


Jugla (end point for tram route 6 is now under reconstruction which will result in a much larger area for tram to turn around)


















Brīvības gatve near the stop ""




Brīvības gatve/Ropažu iela near shopping center "Alfa", new tracks










Old tracks on Ropažu iela


Solaris Urbino 12 route info display


Škoda 15T on the temporary end point (45. vidusskola)






Inside Škoda 15T


Stop for the Retro tram


13. janvāra iela


Tatra T3A


New tracks near Nacionālais Teātris were placed last year for the possible extension of tram route 6 to Ausekļa iela








Kronvalda bulvāris


Ausekļa iela (end point for tram route 7)




Unusual sight - Tram on route 5 turning around on Ausekļa iela. Due to some water pipe accident it can't go to it's normal end point in Mīlgrāvis.


Ausekļa iela loop






Tracks leading to Eksporta iela and further to Mīlgrāvis are unused today and probably tomorrow






Tram stop sign at Kronvalda bulvāris


Inside Tatra T3A driving on Kronvalda bulvāris


Radio iela (end point for tram routes 6 and 11)




Retro tram
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Old January 13th, 2013, 06:20 PM   #128
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Old February 10th, 2013, 02:28 PM   #129
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Škoda 15T and 15T1 start servicing route #11 (Stacijas Laukums - Mežaparks)

January 11th, 2013 - Night test run with a modified Tatra T3. It can use both - pole and pantograph. This test was meant to see if the overhead wires are ok.

[Photo by Wuriks, transphoto.ru]


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January 19th, 2013 - Daytime tests with Škoda 15T1. On this day the tram run on "express mode" with only two stops (Stacijas Laukums and Mežaparks) and the ride was for free. The route info panel shows "Uz pikošanās čempionātu 2013" ("To Snowball Fight Championship 2013" - a yearly activity in Mežaparks).

[Photo by Wuriks, transphoto.ru]


[Photo by DieselLocomotive, transphoto.ru]


[Photo by ER2-130709(01), transphoto.ru]


[Photo by Road_Runner, transphoto.ru]


[Photo by Kristian Grambergs, transphoto.ru]


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Near the loop at Mežaparks




Near stop "Rusova iela"




Near "Brāļu kapi"




Near Lielie kapi




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February 7th, 2013 first day of daily service of the Škoda trams on route #11

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Some more tram pictures taken from 19.01.2013.























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I have updated some older posts in this thread and the first post now has a list of notable posts from this thread.
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Old May 4th, 2013, 11:46 AM   #132
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News since January 2013:

07.02.2013. - Tram route #11 is now the second tram route in Riga which is serviced by the Škoda 15T low-floor tram. Now Routes #6 and #11 are using only Škoda 15T and 15T1 trams.


20.02.2013. - 10 years since "Rīgas Satiksme" was founded. In the begining it replaced "Tramvaju un Trolejbusu Parks" (which operated only the tram and trolleybus routes) and later was merged with "Tālava" (which operated the bus routes on the right bank of Daugava) and "Imanta" (which operated the bus routes on the left bank of Daugava)


01.03.2013. - Bus route #30 will continue to use an experimental route (See it on map).


09.03.2013. - Night bus route #N6 will now make detour through Pļavnieki on it's way to Drēliņi. (See it on map).


01.04.2013. - Bus route #33 (Abrenes iela - Kundziņsala) is now closed. The service to Kundiņsala will be continued by trolleybus route #3. Some of the trolleybuses on this route, which are equipped with diesel engines (Škoda 24Tr), will make a detour to Kundiņsala. On the map (lower) the red interrupted line shows the route where trolleybuses will be using diesel engines.



01.05.2013. - All minibus routes are now serviced by "Rīgas Mikroautobusu satiksme" (a subsidiary of "Rīgas Satiksme"). From now you it will also be possible to use e-talons (the electronical ticekt) in the minibues (before that only cash payments were accepted). Also the service is provided with new Mercedes-Benz buses.



01.05.2013. - Bus route #24 will now use Skanstes iela instead of Ganību dambis.



01.05.2013. - Retro tram has started it's this year season. If you are in Riga I recommend you take a ride in this renovated tram car from the year 1901. The ride coasts 1Ls (~1.40 Euro) and is available only on weekends.
Timetable and route.
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Old May 12th, 2013, 10:56 AM   #133
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Some photos of the works on the tram track renovation on Brīvības iela. Pictures are taken from the Riga Contrsuction news and Riga Public Transport thread in the Nordic & Baltic section of SSC.

30.06.2012.
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Tram loop in Jugla today ... it looks like it's going to be pretty large.









22.09.2012.
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How nice, I was on the T6 reconstruction site too!

The end of the tracks.
Finally good tracks in Riga!!


Casting of the concrete track bed.


New type of warning sign.


Geo textile.


Then comes the last layer of sand.


Finally a layer of macadam.


Further on the track has not yet been deconstructed due to drainage works.


Many such pits along Brīvības iela.
Unfortunately, planners in Latvia still haven't heard of pedestrians or bicycle riders, so they have to walk on sand and without any signage, and sites like this are almost entirely unprotected.


Many of these mega drainage pipes.


I could probably stand inside it!
Wonder what the pipes on the inside are for? Note the ladder.


More pipes.


Jugla terminus. Iron rods drilled into the soil to secure the weight of catenary wires.


Awaiting being cast.


A closer look.


The drilling machine.


The Jugla terminus loop.

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Update: 6 tramline reconstruction by supermarket alfa. Photo taken from mobile phone "galaxy y duos"
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Loop at Jugla end:
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Between Mārkalnes and Baltezera streets everything is still like this:
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New rails are bit further than Tirzas street:
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Signs of new platform near Alfa:
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View from Lizuma iela:




Seems that there will be wide pedestrian walkway:
15.04.2013.
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Some photos also from the Nordic & Baltic section:

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And some photos from KarlG with the decomissing of Tatra T3. This tram is scrap metal by now.
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Last 'goodbye' ride around tram depot 4.
Actually this tram was written off and scrapped not because of its poor tech. condition, but only because of bureaucracy - mileage was the reason why.
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Old May 12th, 2013, 11:22 AM   #135
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Summer season is comming
From 18.05.2013. to 01.09.2013. the public transport connection to the beaches in Riga will be more frequent.

Changes in the timetables will be made for bus routes 2, 3, 24, 30 and 36 which connect the center to Mangaļsala/Vecāķi and Vakarbuļļi/Rītabuļļi beaches. Also in the period mentioned the bus route 3 will be made longer. The normal routes end at Bolderāja, but in summer it will go to Vakarbuļļu.
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Tram route #6 to Ausekļa iela
From 16.05.2013. Tram route #6 will be longer. Now it will be from Ausekļa iela (instead of Stacijas Laukums) to 45. Vidusskola (when track renovation is completed trams will run to Jugla).

Here is a map of the extension. Until now the route ended near the stop Aspazijas Bulvāris (lower right corner of the map).


There were no tram track construction since trams run on this route for many years. The only which prevented the route extension before was that the overhead wires were not suitable for pantographs (used by the low-floor trams) and could only support trams with poles.

From history the tram route #6 was like this since 1950ties (though the route ended not at the modern day Ausekļa iela, but a few block south west from it) till early 1990ties. When it was shortened to the current "Stacijas laukums".

With this expansion the lenght of tram tracks usable by the low-floor trams has grown to 19km.
10km was the original route #6 which started using the low-floor trams in June 2011. Then in February 2013 route #11 also got low-floor trams and with that the total lenght of tracks grew to 17km.
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Couple of questions about Riga as it looks really interesting...

How many of the Tatra trams are still in service? Are both the older PCC-styled ones and the newer boxy-looking ones still in service? I'm guessing the Skoda ones are to replace them eventually... how long will they still be around?

What's Riga like as a place to visit? Safe to walk around?

Why are the new Skoda trams single-ended? I realise the system's built with loops and platforms on the same sides for old single-ended trams, but why not buy a normal double-ended tram seeing as 99% of modern trams are double-ended? That must make operation easier if you are able to switch it onto the other track without having to go to a loop. Like in Turin in Italy, traditionally single-ended but newest trams are double-ended.
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Why are the new Skoda trams single-ended? I realise the system's built with loops and platforms on the same sides for old single-ended trams, but why not buy a normal double-ended tram seeing as 99% of modern trams are double-ended? That must make operation easier if you are able to switch it onto the other track without having to go to a loop. Like in Turin in Italy, traditionally single-ended but newest trams are double-ended.
I can't answer the questions about Riga but I can answer this one.

The vast majority of the world's trams and their systems are single-ended.

A looped tram system has a higher capacity than a stubbed (double-ended) system because trams can go around a loop at closer headways than trams that have to wait for tracks to clear in order to reverse.

A double-ended tram has an empty mass (and consequently an energy consumption) about 15% higher, a purchase price several 100k EUR higher and a significantly higher failure rate due to twice as many components to fail (thus, higher cost for corrective maintenance and spare parts) than a single-ended tram. And since, due to the lower number of seats it's less attractive for riders (who have a choice), the revenue generated will also be lower.

In the real world, the effects of the presumed "higher operational flexibility" of double-ended trams are completely defeated by the higher failure rate: Service disruptions from construction works etc. can be planned for, and in a well-designed network intermediate loops will be available. But the service disruptions due to the significantly higher failure rate can't be planned for.

Almost all the systems that are operating double-ended trams are doing so due to constraints imposed by platform locations, or they are new systems that have been designed by consultants, such as those in France, who stubbornly refuse to draw on the historic experience of older operators. As for those buying double-ended trams for looped systems, I think that is simply a form of imagined crisis management, but is certainly a good way to raise costs and lower reliability.
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Tram will return to Jugla

Tomorrow (28.05.) at 14:00 tram route #6 will return to Jugla as the reconstruction of the tracks is complete.

Here some pics of the test runs:




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How many of the Tatra trams are still in service? Are both the older PCC-styled ones and the newer boxy-looking ones still in service? I'm guessing the Skoda ones are to replace them eventually... how long will they still be around?
Hope these charts answer your question (Tatra T3A - "PCC-styled", T6B5 - boxy). In the charts I've counted only those vehicles which are currently in daily service (for trams I've counted each car seperatly - T3A and T6B5 all are combained in two car trams)

Trams by model:


Trolleybuses by model:


Buses by model:


All vehicle by manufacture year:


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What's Riga like as a place to visit? Safe to walk around?
I would say it's safe, if you don't count bars scamming tourists and dark small streets (in other words - just like any other city)

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Why are the new Skoda trams single-ended?
The Riga tram network has only loop ends and there currently no new trams routes are planned to be build (as we need to recontruct the old tracks and make the route available for low-floor trams with pantographs).
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