Rīga, Liepāja, Daugavpils could benefit from EUR 96 million form EU’s Cohesion Fund for developing their tramway systems, following the government’s approval of a draft regulation to develop green public transport infrastructure. The three projects include the construction and upgrading of 8 km of tram lines and are supported within the framework of the Operational Programme 2014-2020 “Growth and Employment”, specific objective 22.214.171.124“Developing environmental-friendly public transport infrastructure (rail transport).
Riga plans to build a 3.6 km-long tramway line to Skanstes new district. The new route will increase the the number of passengers carried by environmental-friendly public transport vehicles to more than 1.2 million/year. The project also includes the acquisition of 12 low-floor trams and the modernisation of 3 km of the existing tram network. The total value of the project is estimated at EUR 97 million, of which EUR 70 million could be co- financed by EU and the local administration.
Liepaja also aims to improve its tramway infrastructure and to purchase new tramways in order to attract an additional 224,902 passengers /year. The new tramway line in the city of Daugavpils, part of Forštadte – Station route will bring up the number of passengers to 500 000/ year.
The implementation of these projects will encourage use of public transport and will increase the number of environmental-friendly public transport vehicles and the transport routes, achieving a shift from private into public transport and reducing road traffic in cities.
The eligible actions for financing are represented by tramway infrastructure development, including tram line infrastructure renewal, extension, new tram line construction and rolling stock acquisition. EU’s financial contribution will not exceed 85% of the total eligible project costs.
The Draft regulation of the Latvian Cabinet of Ministers sets August 1, 2023 as deadline for projects implementation.
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