Rail Baltica: North-South railway axis
Rail Baltica is a greenfield rail transport infrastructure project with a goal to integrate the Baltic States in the European rail network. The project includes five European Union countries – Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and indirectly also Finland. It will connect Helsinki, Tallinn, Pärnu, Riga, Panevežys, Kaunas, Vilnius, Warsaw. The Baltic part of the Rail Baltica project is referred to as the Rail Baltica Global Project.
Electrification of Kaišiadorys - Klaipėda (Draugystės st.) section and Vilnius railway junction
The Kaišiadorys – Klaipėda section and the Vilnius railway junction are electrified. In Lithuania, the transport sector accounts for the largest share of air emissions. The implementation of the project will reduce air pollution by 150,000 tonnes per year. It is estimated that the socio-economic benefits of the project will exceed EUR 700 million over the lifetime of the project, reducing fuel costs for railway companies (hauliers) by more than 30%, and improving the quality of life of people living in the vicinity of the railway. The project is scheduled to be completed in the first half of 2025.