More Norwegians take to public transport
by FFE EU News staff
Norway’s public transport systems saw a 6% increase of passengers in the second quarter of 2013 compared to the same period last year, said Statistics Norway.
The growth was felt mainly in buses, but other systems like boats and rails also showed an increase.
The second quarter of 2013 registered a 7.2% growth, where buses contributed a total of 136 million passengers. Meanwhile, passenger growth for boats is 1.1% while 4.2% in rails.
The production of public transport also grew by 5m kilometres or 5% within one year. The rails showed the biggest growth by 8.4%.
Increasing activity in the public transport system has been pointed out as the result of growth in Norway’s metropolitan areas. As the population increases by 2% annually, more people take to public transport journeys. Oslo has seen a particular jump in traffic, with ‘congestion and accessibility problems at peak times’ said Norwegian Public Roads Administration (NPRA). Meanwhile, the number of private car use remains steady.