Rīga public transport plans switch to 'one hour ticket' model

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There is a plan to switch to only one-hour tickets in Riga's public transport system, Riga Vice Mayor Vilnis Ķirsis (New Unity), who is in charge of the capital city's transport infrastructure and development, said in an interview with Latvian Television on October 14.

In his words, this is necessary to encourage passengers to transfer from one transport mode to another, which would allow the public transport operator to streamline routes and the passengers to reach their destinations faster.

Ķirsis said that Riga will announce its new policy of public transport fares in the next few weeks.

The Riga vice mayor noted that the number of public transport passengers dropped sharply during the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, passengers are returning, but this is happening very slowly, Ķirsis said.

He added that high energy costs currently represent a major challenge for the city's public transport, and that the change of fare policy is intended as one of the ways to partly deal with this problem.

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