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Transport Minister: bus fares to depend on global oil prices

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The Transport Minister Uldis Augulis

There are plenty of unresolved issues for the next year, relating to the social security network; however, despite all the reductions, it is necessary to arrange the transportation system as such. So that we would not find ourselves in a situation with subsidized trains running on parallel routes with buses, the Transport Minister Uldis Augulis indicates.

It is objective that we are reducing the number of buses with parallel routes to trains, as they are half empty, Augulis explains in an interview to Latvijas Televīzija broadcast Labrīt, Latvija!.

Ticket prices will depend on global oil price fluctuations, reflected also in fuel prices. Asked about tickets price changes, the Minister admits it is such a broad matter, given all the current events in the world, Latvia cannot influence the global market.

Pasažieru Vilciens’ subsidy is a payment to Latvijas Dzelzceļš for infrastructure use. By cutting the subsidy, we also reduce the portion drawn from various project funds, Augulis says, when commenting on subsidy cuts for trains, adding that train fares will not climb.

People will be able to commute to work or hospital, and the Passenger Carriers’ Association has promised to guarantee train runs. Tomorrow, March 24, at the Association’s general meeting we are going to discuss how the system should be altered and how subsidies will change, the Minister reveals.


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