Stagnation in public transport?
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Public transportQ4 2014, preliminary figures

Public transport includes all scheduled passenger transport by bus, on rails and by passenger boats. Air travel, taxis, ferries and Hurtigruten are excluded.



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Stagnation in public transport?

After a long period of steady passenger growth, the fourth quarter of 2014 saw a minor setback of 0.1 per cent compared to the same quarter in 2013. Despite this, ticket revenues increased by NOK 80 million, or 2.9 per cent.

Vehicle/boat/train kms, passengers and ticket revenues, mode of transportation
4th quarter 2014Change in per cent
4th quarter 2013 - 4th quarter 20144th quarter 2009 - 4th quarter 2014
Vehicle/boat/train kilometres (1 000 km)
All modes of transportation108 9490.94.8
Bus (Scheduled road transport)94 0941.03.7
Boat1 651-2.12.0
On rails (Railroad)13 2040.914.2
Passengers (1 000 passengers)
All modes of transportation148 253-0.119.2
Bus (Scheduled road transport)90 083-0.615.2
Boat2 1254.79.3
On rails (Railroad)56 0450.726.8
Ticket revenues (NOK 1 000)
All modes of transportation2 902 0372.922.3
Bus (Scheduled road transport)1 253 881-0.413.1
Boat119 3574.84.7
On rails (Railroad)1 528 7995.532.9
Figure 1. Passengers. Quarter. 1 000. Preliminary numbers

For the first time since 2011, a decrease was seen in the total number of passengers in public transport in the fourth quarter of 2014. A reduction of 109 000 passengers compared to the fourth quarter of 2013 gave a marginal decrease of 0.1 per cent.

Increased income on rails

All modes of transport on rails saw ticket revenues increase from the fourth quarter in 2013 to the corresponding quarter in 2014. An even growth of about 6 per cent resulted in a total increase of NOK 80 million; exactly the same figure as the total increase in public transport. Despite this, only transport by trains had passenger growth.

More kilometres but fewer passengers

Buses drove 0.9 million kilometres more in the fourth quarter of 2014 compared to same quarter in 2013; an increase of 1.0 per cent. Tram, underground and light rail produced 3.2 per cent more train kilometres. At the same time, these modes of transport saw a total reduction of 1.1 million passengers.

Activity in passenger boats fell by 2.8 per cent, but passenger growth was 4.7 per cent. Production in passenger trains remained the same but the number of passengers increased by 5.6 per cent.

Passenger growth in 2014

Summing up all preliminary quarters, there were 17 million more passengers in 2014 than in 2013. Boats and transport on rails showed the best development, with 4.7 per cent and 3.9 per cent passenger growth respectively.