Annually, around 16 billion kroner is spent on public transport operations and investments in Oslo and Akershus, paid for by customers, toll road users, and by local and national authorities. Costs in terms of time, the environment and other external costs come in addition. Of the 16 billion kroner, 6.5 billion kroner is channelled through Ruter, and two billion kroner is dedicated to NSB’s train operations. About three billion kroner is spent on local and national public transport infrastructure on rail and road, and 1.5 billion kroner relates to other road measures. The Follo Line is included with three billion kroner annually.
The division in responsibility and organisation contributes to the fact that it can be complicated to gain a complete overview of the financial situation, and in particular to find a basis for any overall prioritisation. This makes it difficult to deploy resources where the utility is the greatest and to make sure that the different parts of the public transport service interact well with each other.
The goal that a growth in personal transport demand should be met by walking, cycling and public transport in the region requires financial priorities that support this goal. Operations in particular require a significant annual real increase in the budgets, or an increase in user payments.