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Hi there,

As a part of a larger project, I am currently investigating projects in Lithuania.
Do you know any recent large-scale projects built on (or adjacent to) railway stations there?

The following criteria are relevant for my research:
total project's costs: 100 Million Euro+; location at or near major rail stations; city size: 100,000+ inhabitants; project relatively new (built in the last 20 years, alternatively under construction, or at least approved).

Links to external sources (like news articles) are most welcome!

Thank you so much for your help!! :)
 

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Well there is actually a plan to reconstruct the Vilnius railway station, cover the tracks with the big roof, make car park on top, build a highrise to where now is parex bank make a tunnel for a heavy traffic under the roundabout beside the railway station, however anything will hardly happen at the moment, and everyone doubts if that will ever happen, although it would look very nice
http://www.jad.lt/lt.php/galerija/1;1

Here's a few pictures of the plans:







 

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This thing with parking places... It's something so very Lithuanian :D Well okay, maybe so very Baltic.

Still, what on Earth do you actually /need/ that much parking capacity at the main station for? It's not as if everyone who's living in downtown were to drive their cars to railway station and then take a train to suburbs to work, is it?
That might become useful if one day air travel were to end and be replaced by rail travel. But even then, that end would probably happen for reasons that would also very much reduce the private car traffic...

Nevertheless, if parking space has to be built /somewhere, building it atop such a roof that would need to be built anyway makes it a lot cheaper. Usually the problem with parking lots is that they cost an incredible amount of money, approximately 8 euros for each public transportation trip made by people using the parking place (this was the actual price tag of parking places along the metro line in Helsinki, when they came back to check what the actual expenses had been. This apparently includes the cost of not being able to build a house for people live in at the same place, though(?))
This problem can be largely alleviated by the solution they've come to think of in Vilnius.

Nevertheless useless at least for serving the railway station. Might possibly be useful for other things though. Although, that would attract some more cars into downtown Vilnius, which is of course not very desirable...
 

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This thing with parking places... It's something so very Lithuanian :D Well okay, maybe so very Baltic.

Still, what on Earth do you actually /need/ that much parking capacity at the main station for? It's not as if everyone who's living in downtown were to drive their cars to railway station and then take a train to suburbs to work, is it?
That might become useful if one day air travel were to end and be replaced by rail travel. But even then, that end would probably happen for reasons that would also very much reduce the private car traffic...
The parking is not necessarily dedicated for the users of Railway station. Vilnius lacks a comprehensive and adequate parking system in the downtown which is why having one in the Central station area would be a good idea. Parking your car in the center of Vilnius on a regular working day is a big problem even if you're ready to pay for it. There were many projects for large underground or multi-storey public parking lots in the center but very few of them have actually been built.

Mind you the project that you see in those renders is old (perhaps from 2002 or so) and there is no talk of its implementation at the present. The station area, however, is one of the most run down areas of the city and it will have to get restored/upgraded in some way in the future.
 

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This thing with parking places... It's something so very Lithuanian :D Well okay, maybe so very Baltic.

Still, what on Earth do you actually /need/ that much parking capacity at the main station for? It's not as if everyone who's living in downtown were to drive their cars to railway station and then take a train to suburbs to work, is it?
That might become useful if one day air travel were to end and be replaced by rail travel. But even then, that end would probably happen for reasons that would also very much reduce the private car traffic...

Nevertheless, if parking space has to be built /somewhere, building it atop such a roof that would need to be built anyway makes it a lot cheaper. Usually the problem with parking lots is that they cost an incredible amount of money, approximately 8 euros for each public transportation trip made by people using the parking place (this was the actual price tag of parking places along the metro line in Helsinki, when they came back to check what the actual expenses had been. This apparently includes the cost of not being able to build a house for people live in at the same place, though(?))
This problem can be largely alleviated by the solution they've come to think of in Vilnius.

Nevertheless useless at least for serving the railway station. Might possibly be useful for other things though. Although, that would attract some more cars into downtown Vilnius, which is of course not very desirable...
The project includes removing parking spaces existing in front of the station now. Also it includes building additional offices and shopping areas, thus more parking space would be needed.

Nevertheless it will not be built in foreseeable future.
 

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From January 13 (Saturday) LG launches weekend Vilnius-Daugavpils train!

... Traveling to Daugavpils from Vilnius will cost 9 euros, from Ignalina - 5,60 euros, from Visaginas - 4 euros. Twice a day trains depart at Vilnius Railway Station on Saturdays and Sundays for 5.42 h and 11.45 h, from Daugavpils Railway Station - 9.00 h and 15.44 h
 

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Minsk-Vilnius electrification completed. The rest should be completed until 2022, but there are some legal problems as contractor contest issues are now being solved in a court.
 

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How does it actually currently look like regarding rolling stock availability in Baltic countries? If there was to be a train from Kaunas to Tallinn through Šiauliai and Tartu, where could locomotives appear from for such a train? Are any locomotives capable of at least 100 km/h, or preferably 120 km/h available anywhere in Baltics? Or is there some other country from which it would be easy to import them?
 

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How does it actually currently look like regarding rolling stock availability in Baltic countries? If there was to be a train from Kaunas to Tallinn through Šiauliai and Tartu, where could locomotives appear from for such a train? Are any locomotives capable of at least 100 km/h, or preferably 120 km/h available anywhere in Baltics? Or is there some other country from which it would be easy to import them?
Most common type in Lithuania (I think) are Czech Škoda 575 trains capable of going at 160 km/h (currently running at 120 km/h due to old tracks). After Rail Baltica is built it could off course serviced by them but actually any trains could be bought. :)
 

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How does it actually currently look like regarding rolling stock availability in Baltic countries? If there was to be a train from Kaunas to Tallinn through Šiauliai and Tartu, where could locomotives appear from for such a train? Are any locomotives capable of at least 100 km/h, or preferably 120 km/h available anywhere in Baltics? Or is there some other country from which it would be easy to import them?
Speed limit on any railway line anywhere in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to my best knowledge does not exceed 120km/h. Lithuanian Railways still have 8 (according to Wikipedia) TEP70/TEP70BS locomotives which would be good for any locomotive-hauled passenger train with up to 12 or so coaches. Passenger coach availability would definitely be a problem for Lithuanian railways. They have a very small number (like 3 or 4) of modernised coaches equipped with air-conditioning and proper sound insulation. They may or may not have another 5 or 6 of older ones which are not up to scratch and would not be suitable for such a service.

Another option would be DMU. Lithuanian railways have PESA 730ML DMUs which are running on Vilnius-Klaipeda long distance service. They would be suitable for Vilnius-Riga-Tallinn route but with current numbers there is no spare availability.

All things considered Lithuanian railways don't really have any spare rolling stock which could be dedicated for a proper Vilnius-Riga-Tallinn service without jeopardising other services. Of course they could probably buy or rent it if needed. I would guess same applies to Latvian and Estonian railways. There isn't any spare capacity unless they decide to buy it for a specific route or service.
 

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Passenger coach availability would definitely be a problem for Lithuanian railways.
Well, there are a few dozen surplus Intercity wagons in Finland, built from 1988 onwards. They are enough for two trainsets plus a few wagons for spare, meaning that technically it would allow for two train pairs per day (Tallinn–Kaunas would be about 8h30min, and 2*8,5 h < 24 h)
Plus a pile of older wagons that have already been RIC-registered in the past (for the Helsinki–SPb traffic), meaning those ones are allowed to run outside Finland without any noteworthy bureaucracy. The wagons therefore aren't a problem, only locomotives might be. And since TEP70 exist in reasonable amounts, even that isn't a problem. It would apparently be possible to launch such a train within a few months, if there just was anybody able to gather themselves to actually organize it :D
 

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Yes so much fun. Anyway is it not 120 km/h?
Since autumn Riisipere-Turba section on Westbound railways has 140km/h speed limit for passenger trains. That's due to new tracks and signalling there. More sections will be added as entire Westbound network signalling and traffic control systems are being upgraded at the moment. Eastbound network will have similar upgrades and max speed increases in sections capable for it in upcoming years. Before end of this decade ETCS level 1 will be implemented and top speed on main lines should rise to 160km/h.
Of course ETCS compatible systems and far higher top speeds should come far earlier to all Baltic states with Rail Baltic.

Not sure about Latvian railways top speeds. They upgraded tracks and signalling on some lines several years ago,but there hasn't been any news about speed changes. Latvian forumers know more about that.
 

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It seems the Klaipeda-Vilnius section will have some small parts up to 160km/h after upgrade:

.. and the same section is being electrified all the way. I guess this is the most important rail line section in Lithuania currently. Or is there some stats on how many passengers in each section there were in recent years? Are there any plans to add some smaller intermediate stops to RB corridor similar to what Riga is planning to do?
 
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