Challenge / Goal
Stockholm is expanding and in spite of a sustainable modal split of almost 80% at peak hours, road congestion will increase unless more people use public transport. The majority of journeys by car start or end in peripheral zones, outside of the inner city. For this reason, the city of Stockholm is working with regional partners to adapt methodologies used to speed up inner city core bus routes - which, if systematically implemented, are proved to improve accessibility using minor, low-cost measures - and apply them to core bus routes in peripheral zones.
The measures aim to improve punctuality and regularity of core bus routes in peripheral zones, meaning both the bus travel time and waiting time will become more predictable for travellers. In addition, the measures aim to reduce the overall journey time across the whole line, including at bus stops and for waiting periods.
A project group has been established that includes members from the city of Stockholm and neighbouring municipalities, the public transport authority (SL), Stockholm County Council, and the Swedish Transport Administration. The project group works collaboratively to identify problems that may affect current or future core bus routes. Eleven existing core bus routes have been assessed and these measures are contributing in particular to the implementation and evaluation of improvements along two routes: bus lines 178 and 179.
These routes run on west-east axes in the northern suburbs of Stockholm and connect several important commuter rail and metro stations, densely-populated residential areas, business districts and other large workplace areas, including a major hospital. As such, they offer important services to travellers with diverse needs and who may require local transport or intermodal regional transportation. This may result in further actions or changes and will provide input to the use of this approach in the remaining nine core bus routes the project group seeks to address.
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