How can public transport systems become a real and attractive alternative to the private car? This is being discussed today at the Almedalen Week ― a large-scale political forum including business/politics seminars, which takes place annually in and around the walled city of Visby on the Swedish isle of Gotland in the Baltic Sea. Scania will explain how we can establish bus systems faster and cheaper than light rail systems in urban environments.
Similar bus systems involving buses running in dedicated lanes or on their own streets, frequent services, and vehicles offering a high level of comfort, are being introduced especially in Latin America but similar investments are also taking place in Europe. The conclusion is unambiguous: When passengers get an alternative that is just as good or better, public transport wins.
Cost effective solution
Bus systems offer a cost effective comprehensive solution for passenger transport in cities with investment costs that are about one third of those of a light rail network.
“You shouldn’t compare bus systems with the unprioritised low-priced product represented by today’s city bus services,” says Erik Ljungberg, Senior Vice President, Corporate Relations at Scania. “Instead, we have to dare to invest in infrastructure that is based on the conditions of the bus. And we have to accept the cost, which is nevertheless much lower than the alternative.”
A modern bus system is designed for fast boarding and disembarkation through more doors and flexible payment systems. Since the buses arrive frequently at regular intervals, no timetables are needed and passengers can rely on the service.
“We achieve a reliable service, which is beneficial from an environmental standpoint by virtue of low emissions per passenger kilometre,” Ljungberg points out. “By powering buses with renewable fuels, the positive environmental effect will be even greater.”