More Norwegians are using public transport, but the numbers are still low

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Compared to the previous quarter, nearly 8 million more trips on public transport in Norway were registered in the second quarter of 2021. That is an increase of 8%.

Statistics Norway (SSB) reports that the increase in the number of passengers was greatest for tramways and commuter rail – around 3 million more passengers were registered there than in the previous quarter, which corresponds to an increase of 15%.

Ships registered the largest percentage increase with 54% more passengers. The number of passengers who traveled by bus increased by 3%, while the increase for railways amounted to 28%.

In total, almost 104 million trips by bus, boat, railway, tramway, and commuter rail were made during this period. However, that is still 38% fewer public transport trips compared to 2019. The decline in public transport is due to the various measures that have been introduced to deal with the corona situation since mid-March last year.

Ticket revenues have also increased during the aforementioned period. In the second quarter of this year, they increased by 21% from the previous quarter, corresponding to NOK 1.7 billion.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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