New boarding rules show big fare dodging problem in Rīga public transport

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Since the start of February, when front-door boarding was introduced for some public transport routes in Rīga, there has been a marked increase in passenger numbers on those routes. This suggests there might previousy have been a large number of fare dodgers, said Džineta Innusa, head of “Rīgas Satiksme”, in an interview with Latvian Radio on February 7.

Since the beginning of January, a new public transport ticket system has been introduced in Riga. At the same time, passengers may also use previously purchased tickets. In January, 60% of all tickets registered in Riga public transport were tickets of the new system. 

More accurate data on changing passenger habits could be available after people have spent their previously purchased tickets and started making full use of the new system.

In the meantime, the company is still struggling with ticketless passengers on public transport. The extent of the problem is indicated by an increase in passenger numbers on individual routes where front-door boarding is introduced.

“These were routes where even 33% [of passengers] hadn't registered their tickets,” Innusa said.

Therefore, boarding through the front door will continue and could possibly be introduced on other routes.


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