“Transport On Demand” initiative to be tested in Vidzeme
On March 25, representatives of Vidzeme Planning Region met with Latvia’s Minister of Transport, Tālis Linkaits, to introduce the planned “Transport on demand” initiative in Vidzeme, a service that will be offered for the first time in Latvia.
The meeting had a successful outcome, as the Minister expressed that the need to establish public transport routes is a national function that should be carried on jointly. The importance of executing this task in remote rural areas was emphasized. “The Minister expressed support for the project initiative in Vidzeme – to pilot Transport On Demand in areas where there is currently a lack of public transport,” concluded Guna Kalniņa-Priede, Head of Administration of Vidzeme Planning Region.
Project Manager Līga Puriņa-Purīte, responsible for implementing the “Transport on demand” idea in the Vidzeme Planning Region, believes that the MAMBA initiative to introduce pilot transport on demand in the municipalities of Mazsalaca and Aluksne, while also identifying and collecting data that will reveal more about the flows of people on particular routes “could contribute to the creation of new types of public transport routes in specific areas.”