Ministry of Transport & Communications - Articles and news items
Issue 3 2011 • 22 June 2011 • Magnhild Meltveit Kleppa, Minister of Transport and Communications, Norway
I am quite sure that the challenge we are facing in Norway is familiar to the majority assembled here: our population is increasing, especially in the towns and cities. There is less room for each and every one of us. Traffic, both private and public, is increasing. We simply cannot construct our way out of the traffic jams we are experiencing and the environmental impact that vehicles have. This is why public transport must be a decisive element in our solutions for the future.
Thousands of people use public transport every day. For many, the bus, train, tram or city or suburban light railway is the sole means of transport to and from work, school or leisure time activities. The number of passengers carried by public transport in Norway increased by 9.6% from 2005 to 2009. This is approximately the same growth as we have seen in private car usage.
Finland is focussing its ITS related R&D activities up to 2007 on real-time traffic and transport information in the form of a three year AINO programme.