€70m in EU funds earmarked for new tram line

€70m in EU funds have been earmarked for a new tram route in the Skanste area in Rīga, estimated to cost about €97m, reported LSM's Latvian-language service.

About €70m from the €97m required for the project could be received from EU funds by 2023, with the Riga Municipality would co-funding the remainder, the Transport Ministry told the press Friday.

The project of the new 3.65 km-long line also includes a reconstruction of three kilometers of existing line plus the purchase of twelve low-floor trams.

Other projects announced by the ministry include opening a new tram route in Daugavpils, as well as purchasing new trams in Liepāja.

Skanste is a business neighborhood in Rīga. It's also home to the capacious ice hockey, basketball and concert space Arena Riga. 

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