Transport Minister: Latvia is considering cross-border train traffic

Latvian passenger train operator “Pasazieru Vilciens” working under the brand “Vivi” is "assessing the possibility and costs of extending the train route Rīga-Valka to Tartu or even Tallinn", Transport Minister Kaspars Briškens (Progressives) told Latvian Television January 3.

Vivi assesses that train movements up to Tartu could cost half a million euros, up to one million euros for Tallinn, the minister said.

“If economic conditions are positive, if we create a way to cover costs, I hope that the “Pasažieru Vilciens” should also start such cross-border transportation over the next year,” Briškens said.

 Similarly, the possibility of extending the Rīga-Daugavpils route to Vilnius is assessed.

As reported earlier, a daily Rīga-Vilnius train started running on December 27, 2023, operated by the Lithuanian company LTG link. The Estonian state passenger train operator, which works under the "Elron" brand, has also announced that it wants to start passenger transportation on the Tartu-Riga route next year, and the Estonian government has set aside 300,000 euros for the purpose.

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