Riga, Latvia

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city: 706,413

Land area

304 km2

Population density

2331 inhabitants/km2

Riga, the capital of Latvia, was officially founded in 1201. Riga has a great potential of fully introducing ITS in the city. During the last three years ITS in Riga become more widespread. Implementation of new payment technology – E-ticket in 2009 was important step in ITS deployment in Riga. But unfortunately, the process of ITS deployment is very slow. Slow deployment of ITS in Riga may be due to the fact that nowadays there is no one common concept about ITS implementation in Riga.

Modal Split

Year 2008


Apsekojums par iedzīvotāju pārvietošanos 2008. gada




Contact person for Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning

Sandra Inkena

Telephone: +371 67105442
Email: lvsandra.Inkenariga
City website:http://www.riga.lv/
Political representative: The Chairman of the Riga City Council (hereinafter – the Mayor of Riga) is Nils

Participation in previous and current EU transport related projects

  • POLITE (2012 - 2014)   (show/hide more information)
    POLITE plans to establish links with other experienced regions from outside the partnership, offering support for bilateral exchange on selected infomobility topics.
  • CH4LLENGE (2013 - 2016)   (show/hide more information)
    The overall goal of CH4LLENGE is to actively facilitate the implementation of SUMPs in 30 European cities, and to establish a cross-initiative SUMP dialogue about overcoming sustainable urban mobility planning challenges.
  • Eurocities
  • CIVITAS Forum Network

Status of the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan

The most direct aim for transport development issues in the Long-term Development Strategy of Riga until year 2025 is “easy and quickly reachable city”. Below this aim there is given a broader explanation why it is so important and which segments are the most crucial – e.g. increasing the proportion of passengers who get around with the public transport, proper organization of transport flow, efficiency of public transport, road safety and quality etc. Under this aim seven most important tasks were identified:

  • To develop the intelligent system of traffic management;
  • To optimize and develop the city traffic infrastructure;
  • To adjust the road infrastructure and public transport for people with handicaps;
  • To establish and develop the infrastructure of bicycle transport;
  • To emphasize the priority of public transport in the unitary system of city transport;
  • To improve driving approach and traffic safety;
  • To establish a new public transport scheme putting the development of electric transport as a priority.
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