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10 years of success - A major contribution to the green shift

Oslo Vognselskap is one of our most crucial allies in the work to make Oslo a better city to live in.

Residents and decision-makers in Oslo have a lot to be grateful to Oslo Vognselskap for as the company turns ten years of age.

Essential instrument

The City Council has the aim of Oslo becoming fossil-free in fourteen years. We will take the responsibility to follow up on the cli-mate agreement from Paris while also making our city a better place to live. More and improved public transport is therefore essen-tial and Oslo Vognselskap has an important role to play here. In just a few years the company has managed to turn a tram and metro maintenance backlog worth billions of Norwegian kroner into a cash reserve of 1 billion Norwegian kroner. The money is ready to be spent on the trams and metro carriages we need, when we need them.

Together with the red-green city council I have high ambitions for public transport and Vognselskapet makes a major contribution to the green shift.
The metro came to a halt

The maintenance backlog for the Oslo metro was so extensive ten years ago that the metro came to a halt and people were unable to get to work, training and concerts on time. Something had to be done. The answer was Oslo Vognselskap and it has been a continu-ous success. Had Oslo not been able to manage the switch, we would have had even more cars and worse air quality in our city than is currently the case. Through the formation of Vognselskapet, Oslo gained an instrument for the financing and acquisition of new carriages, upgrading existing carriages, determining maintenance requirements, managing allocations for periodic maintenance, renting out carriages to operators and follow-up on deliveries with suppliers.

Green shift

Together with the red-green city council I have high ambitions for public transport and Vognselskapet makes a major contribution to the green shift. The aim of our transport policy is to make Oslo a more pleasant place for everyone. We must plan the city based on people's needs, not the need for space for cars.

Oslo Vognselskap is a player that is very much ready to act quickly and this makes the company one of my key allies in this joint project.
A fossil-free Oslo

Public transport is crucial for reaching the environmental targets we have set out for Oslo. During the next five years we will reduce the emission of greenhouse gases by 50 percent and by 2030 we will be climate-neutral. For this reason there is a strong need for further development of public transport provisions in Oslo. 

Making Oslo fossil-free is a joint project that can only succeed in close collaboration between residents, business, organisations, the government and the local authority. Transport accounts for 60 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions in Oslo. This means that there is a need to implement initiatives to achieve quick reductions in emissions from the transport sector. Oslo Vognselskap is a player that is very much ready to act quickly and this makes the company one of my key allies in this joint project. In 2015 the num-ber of public transport passengers in Oslo and Akershus increased by 4.7 percent. This means 41,000 more public transport pas-sengers each day.

Happy residents

Public transport makes it easier for residents and tourists to enjoy the generous art and cultural activities that the city has to offer. Or it can take them to the countryside (Oslomarka) to ski. 

Public transport journeys are also an experience in themselves. The journey starts as soon as we embark on one of the carriages. The fact that the carriages are new, well maintained and in good condition makes it more attractive to choose public transport rather than the car. 

In 2015 the metro and tram carriages transported nearly 150 million passengers. Oslo Vognselskap's motto: "We supply trams and metro carriages that Oslo can be proud of." Residents agree. Compared to only 67 percent of the city's residents being happy with the metro in 2000, 97 percent were happy in 2014.

Congratulations on ten years of success!

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