Ruter’s vision is to enhance the capital region as an attractive metropolitan area. In 2060, the region has nearly 1.7 million residents. The population growth has generally taken place in Oslo and six nearby regional cities in Akershus as well as in the closest urban regions in Buskerud and Østfold.
The air is clean and the region has attractive jobs, residential areas and leisure activities that can all be found within short distances of each other. Travelling is easy, safe and environmentally friendly, and residents get to their destinations quickly. Travellers experience the mobility network as seamless: they can easily find their way, the different services are well integrated and there are good transport hubs for efficient transfers.
The region has a network of different mobility solutions that provide high frequencies, short journey times and good capacity in all important directions of travel. Shared mobility solutions mean that people choose combinations that utilise the competitive advantages of the different solutions.
Oslo is internationally renowned as the “walking city”, in the same way that Copenhagen still remains the cycling city above all others. Good and safe walking areas contribute to the enjoyment of the urban environment while you are on your way to work, to the theatre, to friends or to the gym. The other cities in the capital region have undergone the same development. The overall mobility service consists of a highly coordinated system with different solutions adapted to markets and geographic areas within the region. Public transport is the cornerstone of the network and handles the heaviest traffic volumes.
Parking is facilitated primarily for bicycles and goods deliveries. It is primarily in areas outside of the dense urban centres that the car plays a part in residents’ travel chains. Cars will be predominantly electric.
The backbone of the regional transport service consists of modern, energy-efficient trains that link the region together through a high capacity and high frequency service. New train services through the capital provide capacity and efficient flow of public transport also for those who are criss-crossing the region. Increased capacity on new lines for the metro in Oslo contribute to higher frequencies and a fast and efficient service for the many people who travel towards and through Oslo.
On the surface, the network in the city centre consists of a modern tram network, supplemented by fossil fuel free, generally electricly powered, city buses. Outside of the city centre and in the largest regional cities, buses and modern light rail provide fast and comfortable transport at the desired capacity.
RuterFlex is a transport-on-demand service for cars or minibuses that complements the ordinary public transport service.
In the future, transport is largely automated, but often staffed by service personnel. Already in 2020, the last fossil fuel run bus was taken out of service. Means of transport are increasingly becoming electric, including buses, boats and bicycles. The boat is an efficient link on the fjord and enhances the capital region’s blue and green urban landscape.
Travellers find that the mobility network gives them great freedom of choice. They can easily and simply find the best itinerary and means of travel based on their personal preferences, such as travel time, comfort, need to work on the way, fare, or environmental footprint. The digital services allow travellers to plan and pay for their journeys easily and safely. Travel planning can take place automatically based on individual preferences. Customers can focus on what they want to spend time on during the journey, rather than on planning the actual journey. This seamless network, with well-integrated mobility services, has made the capital region the most attractive and sustainable urban region in Europe.