Norway’s Green Party wants motorists to pay for cheaper public transport

Sirin Hellvin StavPhoto: Terje Pedersen / NTB
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The Green Party (MDG) in Oslo wants to lower the prices of the offer of the public transport company Ruter by making motorists cover the bill. 

“An important priority for us in the Oslo Package 3 negotiations with Viken is to reduce single ticket prices by 20%,” City Councilor for the Environment and Transport Sirin Stav (MDG) told the newspaper Aftenposten.

At the turn of the month, Ruter increased the price of a single ticket for one zone by NOK 1 – to NOK 39. The price of a single ticket has increased by NOK 9 in the last seven years, according to the newspaper.

Stav wants cheaper single tickets and an extension of the family discount into Oslo package 3. It would take about NOK 246 million every year to reduce the price of a single ticket by 20% to NOK 31, according to Ruter.

Including an extended family discount, Stav estimates the cost at NOK 300 million.

“There is no doubt that tolls must be increased significantly. It is necessary both to reduce emissions and car traffic and to finance public transport initiatives,” she said.

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

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