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Shuttle-bus fare to be EUR 1.15 in Riga

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThis Tuesday, January 20th, Riga City Council’s Transport Department Vehicle Licensing Committee accepted the plans of Rīgas Mikroautobusu satiksme to increase transport fare in Riga’s shuttle-buses to EUR 1.15 this February.

Ticket price will be EUR 1.15 in kiosks and EUR 2 when buying from the driver. Night transport fare will also be increased to EUR 2. This will apply to shuttle-buses going from Central Station, as reported by Rīgas satiksme.

The same e-talon will be allowed to be used in Rīgas satiksme’s public transports and Rīgas Mikroautobusu satiksme’s shuttle-buses. Current discounts for specific numbers of trips (10, 20 and 50) will remain in force in Riga.

Pre-school children will be carried free of charge, invalids of I and II category, invalids under the age of 18 and persons accompanying persons with disabilities.

Rīgas Mikroautobusu satiksme explains that when residents buy tickets from drivers, it reduces the amount of cash in circulation. With an increased number of e-talons in use there will be better traffic security, because bus drivers’ main priority is to provide save carrying of passengers. An increased number of e-talons will also make bus routes easier to manage and keep track of.

It should be added that State Auditors Elita Krumina does not have faith in justifications behind Rīgas satiksme’s decision to increase public transport fares.

In her interview to 900 seconds programme, Krumina mentioned that her opinion has formed in this way because last year’s audit in RS had failed to determine the true mechanism for the formation of public transport tariffs. She believes Transport Ministry should be more actively involved in processes that govern the development of public transport tariffs. She also reminded that last year’s audit had also revealed multiple flaws in procurement processes, including the signing of service contracts with members of the board. The only response SA has received from RS in regard to proposed recommendations is that documents have been received. Riga City Council’s representative in RS has said that proposals have only been discussed, nothing more.

Krumina believes that RS should have performed a full assessment of responsibility of its officials in regard to the uncovered flaws, which has yet to be performed. Environmental Protection and Regional Development Minister Kaspars Gerhards has asked RS to perform this assessment.

BNN had previously reported that new public transport fares will come into force in Riga in February. The cost of a single trip will cost EUR 1.15.

Riga City Council notes that this decision has been made because the government has not agreed to cooperate with Riga City Council to finance public transport service in the capital and because authorities have refused to allow the introduction of differentiated public transport fares for residents and non-residents of Riga.

Riga City Council has no means to continue compensating Rīgas satiksme’s established tariff of EUR 0.60 for all passengers. The EUR 0.50 tariff was a temporary solution employed in 2014.

In accordance with requirements set by the Cabinet of Ministers, and expected changes in the number of passengers and costs of different resources, Rīgas satiksme has performed a full recalculation of passenger-carrying costs for public transport in the capital for 2015. Now it is EUR 1.175 per capita, which is lower than the previous EUR 1.20.

Considering that the calculated tariff – EUR 1.175 – creates complications and technical inconveniences, it has been decided to set the price at EUR 1.15.

Ref: 102.109.109.

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