Helping to build a stronger region through public transport

6 December 2006  •  Author(s): Tommy Edh, Automatic Fare Collection Manager at Västtrafik AB in Sweden

The year was 1999. Four small regions in Western Sweden were formed into one new and large region named Västra Götaland. The aim was to build an internationally competitive region, creating stronger trade and industry as well as more work and studying opportunities. In that process public transportation was given a major role. Entirely new fare collection and fare structure systems became part of the plan. Now, eight years later, we are closing in on the last phase of the launch. It’s been a long and very interesting journey.

To fully understand why and how we’ve changed the systems for public transportation in our region, you need some background.

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