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Latvia commences procurement for public transport services in next decade

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUA procurement process has been announced for public transport services in Latvia for 2021-2030, as confirmed by Road Transport Directorate (ATD).

Proposals for regular passenger transport services with buses on 16 routes will be allowed to be submitted to ATD until 9 September.

The directorate reports that in the tender for public transport services in a regional bus route map members of the selection committee will pick the most economical offer in which the price is 40% and technical offer is 60%.

The age of buses will be evaluated – the average age of buses will not be allowed to exceed nine years and the age of a single bus will not be allowed to exceed 15 years. Members of the committee will also look at accessibility of buses for disabled people, the quality of equipment, service provision quality and security, as well as GPS functionality. Additional bonuses, such as non-cash transaction functionality, visualization of bus stop information on screen and audibly through speakers will also be considered.

«The objective of the future concept for public transport service is motivating people to switch from private transports to a more competitive, quality, accessible, convenient and safe type of transport. This means that 2021 onward all Latvian residents will have access to services of equal quality. At the same time, it will help reduce state funding and not put all financial risks on the state, as it was in the past,» explains ATD director Kristiāns Godiņš.

«From 2021 onward, as state supported public transport services improve, commercial routes will be introduced. All financial risks from these routes will be taken by the company itself,» says Godiņš.

«Another addition to the procurement is the introduction of free public transport services in low populated countryside regions to motivate residents to use public transport services.»

The total length of the network or bus coverage a year will be approximately 65 million starting from 2021. It will be divided into 16 parts and the size of each will range from 2.5 to 6 million km a year. The planned number of bus routes is 1 030, whereas the number of trips is nearly 6 200 in 2021.

Results of the procurement will be announced in November, whereas contracts with carriers will be signed in December. Companies will have one year to prepare for passenger-carrying services with 1 January 2021 onward. The contract with carriers will be signed for ten years – from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2030, ATD adds.


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