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Latvians and public transport: interesting facts

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Last year, there were 1 464 bus routes with a total distance of 106.5 thousand km. During the year, the buses carried a total number of 117.2 million passengers, as the data from the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia shows. And this is not a record. Data regarding the year 2005 shows that there were nearly two times more passengers carried that year than in 2011.

Keeping in mind the latest population census data, assuming that there were 2.07 million people living in Latvia in 2011, it appears that every resident used bus services at least 56.6 times during the year, as Bank of Latvia economist Igor Kasyanov comments the data.

71.5% of all public transport services were used within city limits. The rest (18.8%) –  were local and regional route services (9.4%). «The average distance for passenger transport is gradually increasing. Two years ago, this distance varied between 13 and 14 km. This distance reached 17 km in 2011. It also seems that routes within city limits are the ones setting the numbers for statistics – the average distance in km increased from seven to ten km in 2010. It is possible this data shows that these routes were optimized after the crisis. Shorter and more specific routes were terminated as a result of this optimization,»- the economist allows.

Meanwhile, 87.8 million passengers used tramways and trolleybuses in 2011 – 52.6% travelled by trolleybuses and 47.4% by tramways.

The total length of tramway lines was 167 km in the end of 2011, while the average distance a single tramway travelled every day was 199 km. «This is quite a large distance, if we keep in mind the speed, stops, waiting for the lights and traffic jams. The total distance covered with trolleybus lines was 210 km; a single trolleybus travelled 193 km every day in 2011,»- Kasyanov says.

Railway also plays an important role in passenger transport. 20.5 million passengers travelled by train in 2011. The average distance travelled by a single passenger was 36 km. This leads experts to believe that Riga region passenger routes are the most used ones.

According to Kasyanov, air traffic has also become more popular in the last ten years. For example: ever since 2000, passenger carrying within air traffic has increased 12.8 times, reaching 3.5 million passengers.

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