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Old May 28th, 2013, 01:18 PM   #141
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The Skoda15T1 is the option of 32 more trams of the last contract ?
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Old May 28th, 2013, 06:55 PM   #142
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Some pictures of the re-opened (but yet not 100% completed) track reconstruction to Jugla
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The Skoda15T1 is the option of 32 more trams of the last contract ?
Škoda 15T is a three section tram Škoda 15T1 is four section tram:

Škoda 15T


Škoda 15T1


Škoda 15T1 is the longest tram that is being used in daily service in Riga (length is 41m). In 1930ties, 1940ties and 1980ties there were experiments of runing longer trams (for example 3x Tatra T3 with a total length of 42m), but these tests were unsuccessful and were canceled after 1-2 years. The problem was that almost no electricity was transfered to the third car.

Here is a picture of the tests in 1980ties:
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Thank you very much for your answers.

How many four sections have been ordered ?
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Old May 29th, 2013, 07:32 PM   #144
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Currently Škoda has fullfilled the contract.
20 - 3-section 15T trams
6 - 4-section 15T1 trams
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Old May 29th, 2013, 09:12 PM   #145
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BTW ... if you (alone or with friends) plan to visit Riga, you can also rent vehicles from Rīgas Satiksme:


Retro tram - 60.00LVL (~85.50Euro) / 1 hour
More info about retro tram rental


Škoda 14Tr - 75.50LVL (~107.63Euro) / 1 hour

Double traction of Tatra T3A or Tatra T6B5 - 152.59LVL (~217.53Euro) / 1 hour
More info about tram and trolleybus rental

And not so "interesting" (IMO) - Bus rental
You can rent any model of the buses in daily service for prices 23.00-33.00LVL (32.00-46.00Euro) / 1 hour.
More info about bus rental
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Old June 1st, 2013, 03:06 PM   #146
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The oldest and the newest what Rīgas Satiksme can offer.




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Old June 2nd, 2013, 10:54 AM   #147
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Just some pictures taken today (02.06.2013.)













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Old June 2nd, 2013, 12:03 PM   #148
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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.
Absolutely correct. Older operators like systems e. g. in eastern Europe or Germany have experiences since almost 100 years with electric trams. In the past it was often refused to learn from them because they of cause suffer from some technical parameters laid out in the past, beeing not state of the art nowadays. Meanwhile I know that scandinavian countries also investigating german tram cities for the (hopefully) oncoming projects in Sweden, Denmark and Norway.

In contradiction to that, some older tram-systems even have been bi-directional until the 1950s. They did a massive program to construct loops for single-directional mode. This was also because they wanted to invent the so-called one-man-operation, avoiding the risky triangle-turning at termini.

As you said the weight of bi-directional trams is higher, because you often have doors on opposite side, causing a more solid and heavy body-frame at the doors. Back in the 70s Germanies Stadtbahn-cars must have doors on both sides, making the layout for underground-stations easier. That caused also massive work at the surface-tracks because trains become too heavy. Maybe this is one of the real differences between a conventional tram and a more metro-like LRT or Stadtbahn-system.

I also remember the Schwamendingen-tram in Zürich running on left side using already built underground island-platforms for the abandoned subway-project.

Nowadays a single-directional tram has another advantage. Handicaped people have enough space for wheelchairs etc. in opposite side of the door. They don´t have to move along the often small corridors in trams in order to take place.

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Old June 6th, 2013, 04:38 PM   #149
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Further changes in timetables for summer

From 15.06. to 01.09. new timetables for the summer for routes:
Trolleybus - 9., 12., 13., 15., 17., and 27. (workdays), 11., 14., 18., and 23. (weekends), 19., 22., 25. (daily);
Trams - 2. and 4. (daily), 10. (weekends);
Bus - 7., 37., 41., 53. (workdays), 54. (weekends), 13. (daily).

Also for the time period mentioned above bus route 29. will now go to Vecāķi (the main beach in Riga).

Rīgas Mikroautobusu Satiksme continues to take over minibus routes

From 10.06. Rīgas Mikroautobusu Satiksme will start to service minibus routes 233., 233a. and 247.

Changes in minibus route 200.

From 01.06. the minibus route 200 will go on Valdemāra street (instead of Ganību Dambis).
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She appears to have missed the tram. No sign of a ticket (or anywhere to put one)?
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Old June 18th, 2013, 11:25 PM   #151
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Rīgas Mikroautobusu Satiksme continues to take over minibus routes


From 25.06.2013. Rīgas Mikroautobusu Satiksme expands it's services and takes over Minibus routes 236., 242. and 246.

QR codes on stops


On 15.06.2013. Rīgas Satiksme starts to replace the timetables on stops with new ones, that include QR codes. By scaning the QR code with your smartphone it will open a website with the information with all timetables from this stop, the nearest vehicle (according to timetable) and the nearest place buy e-talons (tickets).
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Old June 25th, 2013, 06:48 PM   #152
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Rīgas Satiksme will buy 125 new Škoda 27Tr Trolleybuses

Today Rīgas Satiksme signed an agreement with Škoda. Over the next 5 years Riga will get 125 new Škoda 27Tr trolleybuses with the possiblity to additionally order 38 trolleybuses. The overall value for the 125 trolleybuses is 131,8 milion EUR.


*Personal note - If I understand correctly then in the next 5 years Riga will no longer Škoda 14Tr, 15Tr, 14TrM, 15Tr and maybe Belkomunmash Trolleybuses.
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Old June 25th, 2013, 11:31 PM   #153
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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.
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Just a few pics from a "Sunday walk by the Railroad".

Belkomunmash ASKM-333 on Brīvības iela


Solaris Urbino 18 on Pērnavas iela


Škoda 15T1 on Brīvības iela




Solaris Trollino 18 (III) on Gaisa tilts


Entrance to Zemitāni station


Gaisa tilts over the railway (Škoda 15T is on the bridge)


5th tram depo


A cargo train pulled by 2M62 locomotive






Right the tracks to Sigulda, Cēsis, Valmiera, Tartu, Tallinn. Left to Vecāķi, Saulktrasti (a.k.a. the most popular beaches).


Not used, but still existing


2M62 locomotive


Abandoned and partly demolished "Sarkanā Zvaigzne" factory


The way to the beaches



RVR-6 tram being renovated (if I understand correctly)


Tatra T3A in the 5th depo


No traffic on this track for over 20 years (they lead in abandoned factory)


ER2T on it's way to the beach


And another train with 2M62




And here is the fourth 2M62 I saw today


Brasa station


Brasa bridge (Škoda 15T on it in the first pic)




The old Brasa station building (now looks like extreme-low budget apartments, a new smaller station building was built in the 1970-1980ties on the other side of the tracks and bridge)


A modernised ER2T arriving at Brasa from the beach
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Happy Birthday to the electric tram in Riga

24th July 1901 is special for the public transport in Riga, because it is the first birthday of the electric tram. On this day the first electric tram route started operating along Aleksandra street (now Brīvības street). In autumn (september, october, november) of 1901 the rest of the routes were electrified.
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Trolleybus route No. 27 to be extended to Ziepniekkalns as of September 2

As of September 2 public transport route network will undergo changes: trolleybus route No. 27 will be extended to bus terminal in Ziepniekkalns and schedules of the above trolleybus route for both workdays and holidays will be also changed accordingly, increasing the traffic intensity. As a result of these changes, bus route No. 42 will be closed, as the trolleybus route to be extended will service the passengers of the closed route.
Changes in the route network are being made for economic reasons, as maintaining a separate bus route in this part of the city was economically unfeasible. Furthermore, trolleybuses running on route No. 27 are provided with diesel engines, so the extension of the route will not cause any additional expenditures related to building and extending the infrastructure (e.g. building the overhead contact system etc.). The extended trolleybus route will provide the residents of the district with new direct connections to Jelgavas Street, Mūkusalas Street and the 11th November embankment (Old Riga).

Bus route 42 has been used by a small number of passengers and partly overlaps with bus route No. 40 and trolleybus routes No. 19 and 27. As a result of extending trolleybus route No. 27 to the bus terminal in Ziepniekkalns, trolleybus terminal „Ābolu Street” will be closed.
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New year ... new stuff

Sorry for the long time without any news ... been busy

14.10.2013. - Bus route 34 is now longer
The previously rarely used bus route 34 has been extented untill the city center. Previously it served just two suburbs in Riga, but now it will also reach into the city center runing on a "highway" - Krasta iela.

01.11.2013. - Stops renamed to "National Library"
With the construction works on the Latvian National Library coming to an end the public transport stops near this building have been renamed to "Nacionālā Bibliotēka". According to Rīgas Satiksmes it is just one step in the ongiong process of renaming the stops to make more "passanger friendly". For example several stops in Riga still have names from the soviet times like "School", "Post office" without any place specific names or on the contrary have names of old demolished buildings (for example factory names). All the stops will be renamed in more current or place specific names (factory names into some street names, "school" into (for example) "School Nr. 80", and so on).

13.01.2014. - Experimental bus route 56
Due to passanger request the minibus route 247 (which is currently served by minibuses with a capacity of about 12-15 passangers) will be temporarly replaced by bus route 56. The bus route will run a 3 month trial period. After that it will be decided if the bus route will be continued or will the minibus route reactivated. Here is the route plan.



And probably the most noticable thing in the end of 2013:
Discount for Riga residents
In october 2013 Riga mayor annouced that with 01.01.2014. everyone who will have declared their residence in Riga will recieve a 50% discount for the ticket prices. This is currently not approved by other goverment institutions due to the fact that it could conflict with the Latvian constitution. But the special "Riga citizen" status and "Riga citizen e-tickets" have been issued to several thousand people thus already thousands have been spent on this project which now has time until 01.03.2014. to be approved.
The mayor still says that the discount will be approved and doesn't see any conflict with the constitution, but several other political parties have requested his demision and even some persons have sued him for spending the tax-payer money for this absurd project.

Currently the only changes in the ticket system is that all prices have been converted into EUR (since LVL no longer is the official currency in Latvia):
* 1 trip (if pre-paid) - 0.60EUR;
* 1 trip (if bought from the vechicle driver) - 1.20EUR;
* 1 trip in minibuses - 0.70EUR.
Also there are no longer transport type specific monthly tickets. Before 01.01.2014. you could buy such monthly tickets:
* 1 (or all) bus route for workdays,
* 1 (or all) trolleybus route for workdays,
* 1 (or all) tram route for workdays,
* 1 (or all) bus route for all days,
* 1 (or all) trolleybus route for all days,
* 1 (or all) tram route for all days.
So it was 12 types of tickets. Now it's only 4:
* 1 (or all) routes for workdays,
* 1 (or all) routes for all days.
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Transport type specific monthly tickets are a fun leftover of the Soviet era. There were so many options to pick and choose: just trolleybus, just bus, just tram, trolleybus-tram, trolleybus-bus, tram-bus, and trolleybus-tram-bus. Of course, if you lived in a city that had a metro as well, the number of combo possibilities is even higher.
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Transport type specific monthly tickets are a fun leftover of the Soviet era. There were so many options to pick and choose: just trolleybus, just bus, just tram, trolleybus-tram, trolleybus-bus, tram-bus, and trolleybus-tram-bus. Of course, if you lived in a city that had a metro as well, the number of combo possibilities is even higher.
Yeah, and it doesn't make sence since all surface transit are operated by the same entity.
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