Latvia has the second-lowest rate of car ownership in the European Union, which is either a pretty good thing or a pretty bad thing, depending upon how you look at it.
July 1 marks exactly one year since the launch of construction of the Rail Baltica International Station at Riga International Airport.
On 29 June 2022, the Rail Baltica joint venture RB Rail AS announced that more than 350 million euros will be awarded to the high speed rail project in the first call of the new financial period 2021-2027, and that in combination with the national co-financing from the three Baltic States, the total will exceed 400 million euros.
On 21 June 2022, the management representatives from the Rail Baltica joint venture RB Rail AS and Solidarity Transport Hub Poland (Centralny Port Komunikacyjny Sp. z o.o. – CPK) met in Rīga to discuss and agree on further cooperation potential and formats. During the meeting an agreement between the two parties was signed to formalise the further partnership intentions, RB Rail said in a release on June 27.
According to data published June 22 by the Central Statistical Bureau, in May 2022 passenger turnover at Riga International Airport comprised 474.1 thousand passengers, which is 5.6 times more than in May 2021 and 13.1 % more than in the previous month.
As with previous years, public transport in Rīga will be operating free of charge on June 23 and 24, public transport company Rīgas Satiksme announced June 20.
This week, the transfer of the first new electric train produced by Skoda Group (Škoda Vagonka) to Latvia has been launched, said the passenger rail company Pasažieru Vilciens (PV) on June 22.
Before the Midsummer holiday, traffic jams are expected on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning when exiting Rīga, Latvian State Roads said June 22.
Latvian postal service Latvijas Pasts (LP) has registered approximately 170,000 addresses that either do not have mailboxes installed or are inadequate for the delivery of mailings. Residents are urged to sort out the mailboxes so that shipments and letters can be delivered, Latvian Television reported on June 21.
During the Midsummer festival this week, State Police officers will especially monitor road traffic, said Interior Minister Kristaps Eklons on Latvian Television June 21.
Since Belarus introduced visa-free travel with Latvia, the number of border crossings from Latvia has increased seven times despite the Foreign Ministry's warnings to not travel there, Latvian Radio reported on June 21.
The Lithuanian Supreme Court rejected the claim by the bankrupt Lithuanian national airline “flyLAL-Lithuanian Airlines” for a refund of more than €16 million from the Latvian national airline airBaltic, which it blamed on unfair competition and forcing flyLAL out of the market, LETA reported on June 20.
In order to ensure a connection between several establishments and public transport in Pārdaugava, Rīga City Council intends to build a pedestrian and cyclist bridge over the Kīleveina ditch, near the University of Latvia's campus on Jelgavas Street, Latvian Radio reported on June 20.
In the five months of this year, compared to the corresponding period last year, the number of accidents with drunk drivers increased, Juris Teteris, head of the Road Safety Directorate (CSDD) Qualification Department, told Latvian Radio June 20 .
On Saturday, June 18, starting 13:00, the Rīga Pride March for Freedom will take place on the route Vērmanes garden – Brīvības Street – Bruņinieku Street – Tērbatas Street – Vērmanes Garden. Several streets in the center will be closed for vehicle traffic.
Continuing the construction of Rail Baltica, road transport traffic on Lāčplēša Street will be closed for several nights from June 20, according to Bererix construction company. At the same time, the tunnels on Prāgas and Dzirnavu streets will be opened.
On Thursday, June 16, a contract was signed for the construction of the Rail Baltica freight terminal in Salaspils. The design of the terminal will cost nearly EUR 7 million, but the cost of the terminal itself is not yet known, Latvian Television reported.
The major Rail Baltica infrastructure project has revealed a couple of studies it commissioned from engineering consultancy Ramboll on what its stations should be like.
In Latvia, the law provides that cars with foreign number plates must be registered if their driver remains in Latvia for more than three months. However, due to a flaw in the legislation, fewer than ten Ukrainian refugees have registered their vehicles, Latvian Television reported on June 15.
Despite the difficult situation in Ukraine's war conditions and bans on the transport of individual cargo groups, the port of Liepāja has managed to experience an increase in cargo on the ferry line Liepāja-Travemünde, Germany. The ferry also takes Ukrainian refugees to Germany, Latvian Radio reported on June 15.
Latvian airline airBaltic announced on June 14 that starting from late October it will launch flights from Rīga to Marrakesh in Morocco.
A so-called "Wall of the future" has been revealed at Rīga Aiport which shows promised future developments at the important regional transport hub.
Due to the increase in costs, the municipal transport company Rīgas satiksme is expecting an additional EUR 3-5 million in support by the municipality. Service prices could also change, said Džineta Innusa, head of the company, on Latvian Radio on June 13.
Due to sanctions imposed on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, truck drivers have to wait several days to cross the Latvia-Russia border in both directions. In the beginning of April, more than 700 cars were constantly waiting in line at the Terehova crossing point, and now they have marginally shrunk, Latvian Radio reported June 10.
On Thursday, June 9, a road accident occurred on the Tīnūži highway P80 near Ogre. Traffic is closed in the direction from Rīga to Tīnūži.
Until the end of the year, Ukrainian residents registered in the Rīga support center will be able to travel in Rīga public transport free of charge, as decided by Riga City Council on June 8.
With warmer weather, there are more cyclists, users of electric scooters, and other small vehicles on the streets. The chief doctor of the hospital for trauma and orthopedics, Uģis Zariņš, told Latvian Television June 8 that this is a time when the number of injuries is also increasing.
Last year the State Audit Office found that many local governments are unaware of the bad conditions their bridges are in. Since then, municipalities have been tasked with identifying the situation and prioritizing the work to be done, but it is not easy to find funds for that purpose, Latvian regional television ReTV reported June 8.
Data published June 7 by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that in 2021 Latvian residents went on 8.3 million trips within Latvia, which is 34.6 % more than in 2020, and spent EUR 299 million, 46.6 % more.
Data published by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) June 6 show that in 2021 Latvian residents went on 512 thousand overnight trips abroad, which is 18.7 % more than the previous year. However, compared to 2019, the number of such trips was still down by 65.4 %.