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Information about Skanste tram line

 Project “Development of Tram Infrastructure in Riga”, No.” 

Agreement with the Central Finance and Contracting Agency – signed on October 3, 2017. 


Project “Development of Tram Infrastructure” aims to further the sustainable use of public transport in Riga by integrating developing neighbourhoods of the city that are less connected into the public transport network.  


  • to increase the number of people who use environment friendly public transport;
  • to reduce negative impact on the environment and air quality;
  • to reduce the duration of trips in public transport (for both vehicles and passengers), without deteriorating traffic conditions;
  • to reduce the number of traffic jams and accidents;
  • to improve the experience of using public transport by raising quality standards. 

Scheduled measures

  • building of a new tram infrastructure section – 3.6 km;
  • reconstruction of tram infrastructure section ~ 3 km;
  • purchase of 12 low-floor trams;
  • building of a new sub-station, reconstruction of an existing substation and building of an  overhead contact network and its power supply cable network;
  • building of approximately 11 new tram stops;
  • in some places – reconstruction of streets, building of local carriageways, transfer of engineering communications, creation of a traffic management system etc.


 Why Skanste?

  • an open neighbourhood, which is the nearest to Riga’s historic 
  • Skanste will further international competiveness of Riga, it is expected that this neighbourhood will grow into Riga’s central business area and financial centre;
  • more than 40 000 jobs;
  • a consecutive connecting element of green axis in the neighbourhood. Its main elements may consist of green plantations along streets, parks, garden square, plantations in yards;
  • clever development of the neighbourhood and its proximity to Riga’s historic centre will further the development of quality dwelling projects;
  • more than 28 000 residents in 2030. 




  • The tram is the backbone of the city’s public transport system, the implementation of the project will increase the number of passengers in trams;
  • The building of the Skanste tram line will create a tram circle around the historic centre of Riga;
  • it will open up opportunities for building new routes, which, bypassing the city centre via  Skanste, will reduce public transport flow, by unloading K.Barona Street, will create preconditions for further construction of tram lines in the direction of Purvciems and Pļavnieki;
  • the new low-floor trams which will replace the buses now serving the neighbourhood of  Skanste will be environment friendly;
  • visitors of Skanste district will prefer public transport to private cars;
  • accessible infrastructure for everybody – low-floor trams and adjusted stops make it easy-to-access for everybody.



 Costs and funding, EUR (without VAT)


 Reaching the amount of costs of the performance reserve which are certified

 Without reaching the amount of costs of the performance reserve which are certified

Total eligible costs of the project

97 400 000

Funding from the EU Cohesion Fund

 70 000 000

65 669 331

Other public funding (loan from  the State Treasury)


 4 330 669

Funding from "Rīgas satiksme"  

 27 400 000

 27 400 000

Project implementation – until August 1, 2023

For public consultation presentations on the construction plan “Building a new tram infrastructure phase and rebuilding an existing tram line, Round 1, 2 and Round 3”, see: 1., 2., 3., 4., 5., 6.

Building permits for design work and construction works 

Stage 1Stage 2Stage 3Stage 4Stage 5.

Please see the publications here. 



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