Record numbers traveled collectively last year

electric busesSeveral electric buses in Oslo.Photo: Ole Berg-Rusten / NTB Scanpix

Nearly 665 million public transport journeys were registered last year. This is an increase of 6.3 percent from the previous year and a new record.

 

This is the largest passenger growth measured since the statistics were established in 2004, writes Statistics Norway.

The bus industry transported 398 million passengers in 2017 and had 7.9 percent increase than the year before, showed statistics on public transport.

Right behind, is light rail and local suburban trains increased with a growth of 6.5 percent to close to 182 million passengers. Passenger boat usage increased by 1 percent in the same period to almost 12 million total passages.

Due to automatic passenger counting, passenger growth in railways in Eastern Norway is at a somewhat lower level last year than in published figures for previous years, while the number of public transport passengers in Hordaland is at a slightly higher level.

Total ticket income in public transport increased by 5.1 percent to NOK 13.7 billion from 2016 to 2017.

Growth was greatest for light rail and subway, where ticket revenues increased by 10.3 percent. For the bus industry, ticket revenues increased by 4.8 percent, while boat and rail increased by almost 4 percent last year.

 

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