Ruter’s measurements show that for several years it has been difficult to reach punctuality targets for public transport. Trams and buses in Oslo and Akershus have lower priority in traffic than in equivalent urban areas in Norway and Europe to which it is natural to draw comparison.
Measures giving priority in traffic to public transport and capacity utilisation provide more public transport for the moneyMeasures that reduce or eliminate delays for public transport are very profitable and carry low costs, but are nevertheless often not prioritised or implemented. Public transport therefore has significant problems and delays in traffic, and these will potentially grow.
Population growth alone may lead to a 40 per cent increase in car traffic in Oslo and Akershus, which means that the challenges will only grow and become more serious if necessary measures to give priority to public transport are not implemented now. Strengthening the implementation of such measures is therefore a clear prerequisite for reaching the goal of meeting the growth in personal transport demand through public transport, cycling and walking.
Measures for public transport that improve travel time, reduce or eliminate delays and provide quick effects include:
- Road surface marking
- Improved signage
- Prioritisation of buses and trams at intersections
- Creation of dedicated public transport streets and lanes