Passengers are pissed off! The expected “relatively small” increase in train ticket prices turns out to be quite impressive

Passengers are pissed off! The expected “relatively small” increase in train ticket prices turns out to be quite impressive
Passengers are pissed off! The expected “relatively small” increase in train ticket prices turns out to be quite impressive
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Ceremonial event for the start of transportation of the new “Vivi” electric trains, 15.12.2023

Photo: Evija Trifanova/LETA

In the previous days, it was widely reported in the media that ticket prices in public transport will increase from April 1.

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New tariffs and types of tickets have entered into force in regional public transport. ATD states that passengers will be able to obtain accurate information about the new ticket prices at ticket sales points or from carriers.

Electronically purchased tickets in mobile apps and on the Internet will be cheaper for passengers, as the purpose of the new ticket system is to change the habits of passengers and encourage them not to buy tickets from the driver or at the ticket office, notes the directorate.

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ATD reminds that last December the Public Transport Council approved a new regional public transport ticket and tariff system, which will come into effect gradually from today until the middle of 2025.

The principle of the minimum fee will remain in the new tariff system, but in order to align this tariff with city public transport systems, the minimum fare will be set, including in Riga it will be 1.5 euros, in other cities – one euro, and outside the cities – 0.7 euros.

Passengers, going to work after the holidays, have noticed that train tickets have become as much as 40% more expensive.

TV24’s personality Anita Daukšte comments: “I don’t even know what’s more annoying – the price increase or Vivi’s lie that it will be “relatively small”… In the middle of the day, the price for a ticket was 1.20 euros, an increase of around 40%. If during the discounts you could go back and forth to/from Riga for 2.40 euros, now it is 4 euros.

Okay, tell me, what do you count kopecks. In fact, I know what annoys the most – the lack of justification for the price increase. If now only the new trains, which are nice to get on from the new platforms – yes, I understand, improved service, you have to pay more for it. But now?! It’s a rare occasion when a new train arrives and you have to trudge along excavated platforms.”

Representatives of “Vivi” contacted LA.LV, stating that nowhere in the public space has it previously been indicated by them that the increase will be “relatively small”, it is also added that the price policy is not determined by “Vivi”, but by the Directorate of Motor Transport .

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