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Solution for public transport


Detailed description of the Good Practice

What is the solution for public transport in a medium sized city if the bus system is regarded as not attractive enough and a modern tram system is too expensive? The solution might be to build a new city bus network in the same way as a tram system. This example with the motto "think tram - use buses" comes from the city of Jönköping in southern Sweden.


On 10th June 1996 there was quite a revolution in the bus system in Jönköping. The citizens got:

  • a brand new bus network based on two main routes (the City buses)
  • a new type of vehicle - low floor articulated buses
  • an information system that gives:

o an exact position of all City buses
o real time information to passengers at bus stops

  • a "green wave" for City buses in street
  • new "links" that shortened the distance between terminals
  • new bus stops with modern equipment
  • three entrepreneurs in the same city bus system

This was the result of a project known as "Bus rapid transit" or as we called it in Swedish "Comfort 96" that started three years earlier in 1993. At that time the situation was characteristic of a long-term decline in the number of passengers (1-2 % a year), about 50 % cost-cover from passengers fares, low investments in buses etc and a city centre that lost a great deal of its attraction to external shopping centres. This situation might not be unique for a city with about 100 000 inhabitants. On the other hand the solution was more unique. This initial project was the starting signal for a more comprehensive process to generate positive features in the public transport sector.

quality of life

Objectives of the Good Practice

to start a comprehensive process to generate positive features in the public transport sector.

Participants of the Good Practice

City of Jönköping

Target group of the Good Practice


Funding of the Good Practice

City of Jönköping

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