Rail Baltica ratified by Saeima

Latvia joined Estonia June 22 is ratifying the binding agreement on the construction of the major Rail Baltica rail link through the Baltic states, leaving only Lithuania now to formally and fully commit to the project.

Estonia first to ratify Rail Baltica agreement

The Estonian parliament, the Riigikogu, on June 19 became the first of the three Baltic states to ratify the agreement governing the construction of a new high-speed rail line, Rail Baltica.

Rail boss set to become port boss

A commission assessing candidates for the Freeport of Riga CEO has picked Latvijas Dzelzcels railroad company council chairman Ansis Zeltins as the best candidate.

Government moves forward with train procurement project

The state-owned Pasazieru Vilciens (Passenger Train) company will continue its procurement for 32 new electric trains, even though the project will have an impact on the state budget, as the government supported the move in principle on June 13.

Riga braces for roadworks season

Riga will spend €12m to repair wide stretches of the capital's chief streets including Brīvības, Valdemāra, Elizabetes, Stabu, Dzirnavu, Merķeļa and others this summer. The way roadworks are organized have already faced criticism. 

Tram fans can enjoy an hour-long ride

A new tram route - tram line Number 1 - has started serving passengers from June 5. It joins the neighborhoods of Jugla and Imanta in a ride that lasts a little more than an hour. 

airBaltic receives new CS300 aircraft

On June 2 Latvian national flag carrier airBaltic received the fourth of its 20 Bombardier CS300 jets on firm order. By the end of this year, airBaltic is planning to have eight CS300 aircraft. 

Freight volumes up in first quarter

According to data released by the Central Statistics Bureau (CSB) June 1, freight volumes in Latvia increased substantially during the first quarter of the year.

Experts wanted to help design Rail Baltica

A tender has been announced to hire about 90 experts that will provide on-demand know-how for building the Rail Baltic rail link from the Estonian capital to the Lithuanian-Polish border.

EY deems Rail Baltica less profitable than previous estimate

The estimated costs for building the Rail Baltic railroad have become much more expensive, and the project's profitability has decreased at the same time as the social and economical benefits from the project have increased, it can be seen from comparing the 2011 Aecom and 2017 EY cost-benefit analysis.

Listen: Baiba Rubesa and Siim Kallas on Rail Baltica

At the Rail Baltica Global Forum taking place in Riga April 24-25, LSM tracked down two of the best-known figures in attendance, RB Rail chairwoman and CEO Baiba Rubess and former European Union Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas from Estonia. 

Central bus terminal to be moved during construction of Rail Baltica

During the construction of Rail Baltica railway line, the Riga bus terminal will be moved to the Torņakalns neighborhood on the left bank of River Daugava. It will later operate as a regional terminal, Dzintars Balodis, the head of the city's urban development department said April 12.

Latvian representative accuses Lithuania of Rail Baltica go-slow

Janis Vucans (Greens and Farmers Union), the head of the Latvian delegation to the Baltic Assembly, at a meeting in Brussels January 23 accused Lithuania of a go-slow approach to implementation of the Rail Baltica project for construction of a European-gauge railroad through the three Baltic states.

Poland takes another direction on Rail Baltica connection

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has granted Poland funds for modernizing the "railway line within the Rail Baltica project". However the route to be brought up to date is in the direction of Belarus, not Lithuania (and thus onward to Latvia and Estonia), reported Rus.lsm.lv December 21.

PM tries to explain shunting staff of Rail Baltica project

Independent expert Kaspars Briskens, who was recently removed from the council of RB Rail, the company responsible for implementation of Rail Baltica project, has been given extra duties in the council of the Latvian national airline airBaltic, according to the explanations that Latvian Transport Minister Uldis Augulis (Greens and Farmers) has provided to Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis (also Greens and Farmers).