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A thread dedicated to public transport outside Rīga



Most Latvian cities, towns and villages are connected by buses. All routes are categorized by regions and then the ATD chooses the operator for the region. So, for example, Bauska gets the awful Sabiedriskais autobuss who use old, unreliable low capacity buses without air conditioning on the quite busy route. While Cēsis gets Cata with modern buses and even free wifi.

In the first quarter of 2014 the bus system received a 15,5 mio € subsidy from the ministry to cover the losses.

The current operators on the ATD routes are:
AS "CATA" for ZA, RPR, VPR
SIA "Daugavpils autobusu parks" for DA, LPR
SIA "Dobeles autobusu parks" for D, ZPR
SIA "Jēkabpils autobusu parks" for DA, LPR, ZPR
SIA "Jelgavas autobusu parks" for D
AS "Liepājas autobusu parks" for DR, C1A, C1B, KPR
AS "Nordeka" for A;C2;DA;DR
SIA "Norma A" for A
SIA "Sabiedriskais autobuss" for DR, C1C, KPR
AS "Talsu autotransports" for ZR, KPR

There are also various others operators, for example VTU Valmiera, that don't receive subsidies from the state but from the local councils.

Many regional cities have their own bus and/or minibus networks. Liepāja and Daugavpils has trams.
 

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What is this 1188.lv? They have bus information and they also sell bus tickets. Where does this system get information?
1188.lv is an inquiry portal with information about almost everything in Latvia including bus, train, airplane and ship times. I'm not sure if they get the information from the operators or the ATD. But atd.lv does have a link to 1188.lv.

These bus stop and public transport information issues are interesting. You should have a thread for these topics.
Now we have this thread for public transport outside Rīga! (yay!) Finally there will be an appropriate place where to write about Daugavpils trying to buy new trams for the third time already :D
 

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What is the situation with (state subsidised) public bus lines in Latvia? Does every county has its own bus network or how is it organized?
 

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What is the situation with (state subsidised) public bus lines in Latvia? Does every county has its own bus network or how is it organized?
Latvia is divided into districts. Then after a tender Autotransporta direkcija sign a deal with an operator to provide services in that district for a few years. The current situation is as follows:
<operator> for <district>
AS "CATA" for ZA, RPR, VPR
SIA "Daugavpils autobusu parks" for DA, LPR
SIA "Dobeles autobusu parks" for D, ZPR
SIA "Jēkabpils autobusu parks" for DA, LPR, ZPR
SIA "Jelgavas autobusu parks" for D
AS "Liepājas autobusu parks" for DR, C1A, C1B, KPR
AS "Nordeka" for A;C2;DA;DR
SIA "Norma A" for A
SIA "Sabiedriskais autobuss" for DR, C1C, KPR
AS "Talsu autotransports" for ZR, KPR

Those are the abbreviations for the districts. The full name would be DA - dienvidaustrumi - south-east. Or C2 - centrs 2 - center 2.

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Some exceptions are operators which receive subsidies from local counties, not the ministry. That would be VTU Valmiera which operates routes in and around Valmiera.
 

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^^
Now that's a great scheme! Easy to understand and with all the stuff that someone would need! :)

Daugavpils, on the other hand, is simply awful unless you want to use to route to it's full length because everything between termini is not understandable.
 

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^^
Un dažas līnijas uzzīmētas Paintā pēc oriģinālās shēmas izveidošanas (uz Ilūksti, pie Kalkūnes, CSDD, utml.)
 

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Liepāja - first city in Latvia with traffic light priority for public transport

Now on the new tram extension trams will never have to wait at a red light! On Mirdzas Ķempes street the new traffic light cycles are fixed while on Ventas and Tukums streets there are special sensors which turn the light green when a tram approaches. The green wave works in both directions. This wave works also for car drivers if they drive at about 30-40 km/h.

http://www.liepaja.lv/page/1?id=48&news_id=32439
 

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^^ Wow, it's great! But what's about Riga? And by the way, are there any plans about renovation or replacement of the current rolling stock with new trams( I mean, with low floors) in Liepaja?
 

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^^ Wow, it's great! But what's about Riga?
It seems that Rīga only wants cars to have traffic light waves...
AFAIK there is only one public transport priority traffic light in Rīga and that's in Centrāltirgus trolleybus terminus.
And by the way, are there any plans about renovation or replacement of the current rolling stock with new trams( I mean, with low floors) in Liepaja?
No plans for new trams because they are too expensive. A new tram costs ~1 million €, there are 17 trams in Liepāja but the whole city's public transport budget is 5 million €/year. New trams would mean a dramatic increase in ticket prices.

But it's not like that without new trams disabled people can't get around the city (Liepāja advertises itself as a city that's great for the disabled), because soon 80% of buses will be low floor.

BTW since 2008 there is a low floor tram "Liepaja" in Darmstadt, Germany :)
 

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^^ What about EU funds? As i heard in minister interview, Dauagavpils will buy 100% low-floor trams in next years after all russians "KTM" arrive. I think that Liepaja will get some new stuff too.
 

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If I remember correctly, Liepāja plans to spend it's EU money for regional electric transport on track repairs and potentially a viaduct over Liepāja railway station and a new tram line over the viaduct to Lauma factory :)
 

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^^ But anyway, I hope that Liepaja would find some money on new trams in the nearest 5 years, cause it is really becoming quiet beautiful developing and tourist city.
 

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VTU Valmiera introduces Rīga - Valmiera express services

These buses will offer a non-stop service on weekdays. With a trip time of 1:55 it's on average 10 to 25 minutes faster than most buses on this route and 30 minutes faster than by train. The ticket price is 5,75 €, compared to the 4,75 € of other buses and 4,20 € of trains.

Times:
Valmiera - Rīga
6:55 - 8:50
15:15 - 17:10

Rīga - Valmiera
9:45 - 11:35
18:00 - 19:50

http://vtu-valmiera.lv/index.php/8-zias/1031-09122014
 
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