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Free electric car charging offered this weekend
Free electric car charging offered this weekend
Fuel station network Virši said June 13 it will be offering free charging for electric vehicles June 15-16 at its latest charging station, which it claims is "the most powerful electric charging station in Rīga".
Latvian government plans to include Rīga in first stage of Rail Baltica
Latvian government plans to include Rīga in first stage of Rail Baltica
The government has agreed to look for solutions to fully integrate Rīga from both the south and the north already in the first phase of the Rail Baltica project, the Ministry of Transport said on June 11. Connectivity with Riga has been identified as a priority, Latvian Radio reports.
Transport Ministry considers Rail Baltica's quadrupled costs adequate
Transport Ministry considers Rail Baltica's quadrupled costs adequate
The increase in the cost of the Rail Baltica project in the Baltic States from an initial cost of €5.8 billion to €15 billion in the first stage and potentially almost €24 billion in total is justified, said Kristīne Malnača, Deputy State Secretary for Rail Baltica at the Ministry of Transport (SM), in an interview on Latvian Radio's "Labrīt" program on June 10.
Latvian Railways management changes
Latvian Railways management changes
On Monday, June 10, the Supervisory Board of the State JSC "Latvijas dzelzceļš" (Latvian Railways, LDz) decided to make changes in the company's Management Board, including demoting the current chairman, LDz said in a statement.
Please respect roadworks, says Latvian road authority
Please respect roadworks, says Latvian road authority
Currently, 71 sections of the national road network are under construction and many have reversing traffic controlled by traffic lights. The state enterprise "Latvian State Roads/Latvijas Valsts ceļi" (LVC) asks the public to observe the temporary traffic lights.
Some Latvian municipalities plan zero-emission transport
Some Latvian municipalities plan zero-emission transport
The Central Financial and Contracts Agency (CFLA) has received 11 project applications in an open call for proposals, where local authorities could apply for funding from the European Union (EU) for the purchase of zero-emission vehicles. 
Latvian day-tripping habits revealed
Latvian day-tripping habits revealed
Following on from data published June 6 about Latvians' foreign travel habits, on June 7 similar data was released about domestic travel and tourism.
New cycling path near Cēsis, Latvia
New cycling path near Cēsis, Latvia
A new pedestrian and cycling infrastructure from Cēsis to the turn to Līvi village along the regional road Umurga-Cēsis (P14) (km 39.70-40.95) was inaugurated on June 6.
Roadworks on 70 sections of Latvian roads
Roadworks on 70 sections of Latvian roads
Construction work is ongoing on 70 sections of the state roads, and drivers must count on traffic restrictions, Latvian State Roads (LVC) said Friday, June 7.
Latvian car plates could feature coat of arms
Latvian car plates could feature coat of arms
On Thursday, June 6, the Saeima referred to the Committee on National Economy, Agrarian, Environmental, and Regional Policy amendments to the law "On the State Coat of Arms of Latvia", which are intended to include the state coat of arms in the number plates of Latvian vehicles.
Latvians spent a billion euros on trips abroad in 2023
Latvians spent a billion euros on trips abroad in 2023
In 2023, Latvian residents went on 2.1 million same-day trips and overnight trips abroad, which is 21.8 % more than a year ago, but 11.6 % less than before the pandemic in 2019, according to data published by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) June 6.
Rail Baltica's project implementer starts paying debt to builders
Rail Baltica's project implementer starts paying debt to builders
The company implementing the Rail Baltica project in Latvia, Eiropas Dzelzceļa līnijas (EDzL), has finally started to pay the construction workers for the extra costs and for the works carried out last year. Of the €39 million still to be found in the public funds, EDzL has paid around €8 million of the available funding to the builder of the Central Station. But it is not clear when the full debt will be repaid, Latvian Radio reported on June 4.

One day before the deadline for European Railway Lines to file for insolvency due to unpaid invoices (June 5), the construction association BERERIX received almost eight million euros. 
airBaltic's Vilnius base marks 20 years
airBaltic's Vilnius base marks 20 years
On Wednesday, June 5, Latvian national airline airBaltic celebrates 20 years since the opening of its base in Vilnius, Latvian Television's Kārlis Miksons and LSM.lv report.
Latvia's freight figures down; passenger numbers mixed
Latvia's freight figures down; passenger numbers mixed
Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) data published June 4 show that in Q1 2024, compared to Q1 2023, freight transport by all modes of transport reduced in Latvia. Rail, road and sea transport were all down, while transportation via oil pipeline didn’t take place at all.
Over 200 cyclists involved in accidents this spring
Over 200 cyclists involved in accidents this spring
This year until May 30, there have been 201 road accidents involving cyclists. Four people have lost their lives. The State Police point out that those involved often include people without any driving licence, the type of driving was characterised as dangerous, and the presence of alcohol also tends to be a factor in accidents.
Finance Minister says Rail Baltica is getting too costly
Finance Minister says Rail Baltica is getting too costly
The Ministry of Finance has not agreed on the information report on the future development of the Rail Baltica project, prepared by the Ministry of Transport (MoT), for several months because of the project's costs, Finance Minister Arvils Ašeradens (New Unity) said on the Latvian Television broadcast "Today's Question" June 3.

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