Back to list Print 12. Apr. 2017

On May 4 everybody will be able to use public transport free of charge; fare concessions in public transport are also introduced for long-service pensioners, large families and medics residing in Riga

Today Riga city councillors voted for amendments to the municipality’s binding regulations on fare concessions in the city’s public transport, and decided to grant such concessions to several other categories of Riga residents, including long-service pensioners, medics and large families residing in Riga.

They also voted that from now on everybody will be able to use Riga’s public transport free of charge also on May 4, the Republic of Latvia Independence Restoration Day. As is known, everybody can use Riga’s public transport free of charge on November 18, on December 31, January 31, during Midsummer Day’s festival, as well as during Riga city’s festival in August. Now May 4 will be also on the list.

Amendments to the binding regulations also provide that from now on non-working long-service pensioners will be also able to use Riga’s public transport free of charge, which they could not before.

The councillors also decided to grant fare concessions to medics who   work in Riga municipality’s capital societies at least 20 hours per week.

They also voted for the proposal to grant privileges in public transport to both the parents of large families, not just to one of them, as it was before. Earlier the chairman of Riga Council’s Traffic and Transport Committee V.Baraņņiks said: “Today fare concessions are available to one of the parents in a family with 3-5 children. This regulation caused many disputes in cases where one of the parents has already applied for the fare discount, yet the other parent could not receive this discount any more, although both parents have to support their children. This situation had to be solved.  ”

After the Easter holidays “Rīgas satiksme” will inform how the above categories of passengers have to apply for these benefits.   

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