Helping to build a stronger region through public transport

In 1999, four small regions in Western Sweden were formed into one new and large region called Västra Götaland to build an internationally competitive region. Public transportation was given a major role and a new fare collection and fare structure were implemented. The four former public transportation companies became subsidiaries to the parent company: Västtrafik AB. The company operates buses, trams, trains and ferries. The characteristics of the region, with its principal town of Göteborg, are outlined. ERG Transit Systems were awarded the contract to develop the fare collection system. The fare collection and fare structure have been launched step-by-step, starting in March 2006 in Uddevalla. The vast majority of passengers now use the Västtrafik card for payment. The number of public transport zones has been reduced from 275 to 60. The system uses contactless smart card. Västtrafik is a founding member of Resekortsföreningen RKF, the Travel Card Association in Sweden. (A)


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Media Info

  • Pagination: 37-43
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 4
    • Issue Number: 4
    • ISSN: 1478-8217

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01043391
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Mar 6 2007 9:03AM