Some buses canceled due to cold; trains mainly on time

On Monday, January 8, most trains run on schedule in Latvia, whereas regional bus schedule has been disrupted due to the cold, Latvian Radio reports.

The passenger train company Vivi has not yet responded to whether problems with new electric trains have been fixed and it is also unknown how many new electric trains are traveling today; however, there are no significant delays.

The only major delay this morning was caused to the diesel train Liepāja-Riga, which was more than an hour and a half late due to a broken freight train near Liepāja.

Meanwhile, the new trains were delayed up to three hours last week, with several journeys canceled, so Transport Minister Kaspars Briškens (Progressives) will meet with representatives of Vivi, Latvian Railways, and Road Transport Administration on Monday afternoon to find a solution to get passengers to their final destination.

Prior to the meeting, Road Transport Administration told Latvian Radio:

"We plan to reconsider what the provision of alternative routes will be like when something doesn't happen the way it needs to, like a train getting canceled for some reason. Passengers should have access to information about where the nearest bus stops are then, what buses, and what time they leave. These are issues that we think are relevant [and] not fully resolved. This is one of the main points that will be discussed on the part of the Road Transport Administration," said the representative of the administration Viktors Zaķis.

If a train is delayed or canceled, passengers can claim losses from Vivi. This can be done electronically on the website and also in person at the customer service center at Riga Central Railway station.

27 regional buses have been canceled on Monday due to the cold, largely due to technical damage.

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