The next departure – the future of public transport!
The Gothenburg region is growing. That is good. Growth brings with it the opportunity to create the city and region we want, but it also means that there is a great need for investment in infrastructure. By 2035 it is estimated that 200,000 more inhabitants will be living in Gothenburg, Mölndal and Partille than today. In other words, the demand for simple and reliable public transport will increase significantly in the future.
So that the public transport does not tie itself in knots as the city grows, the Västra Götaland region, Västtrafik, the City of Gothenburg, Mölndal, and Partille municipality have worked together to develop a joint vision for the region’s core transport network. (The core network is the public transport system that currently consists of trams, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) bus lines, express buses and commuter trains.) One important question is how to reduce the journey times between different places in the city and make it easier to travel between different neighbourhoods. In addition to market analysis and transport studies, the public has also been invited to participate in the consultation process. After this, a number of strategic objectives and proposals for solutions will be produced. During the winter of 2015/2016, a concrete proposal regarding the future development of the core transport network will be presented.
Public transport is for everyone and it is something that affects most of us. To bind the region together, it is important to shorten travel times and make it easy for people to meet other residents and make the most of what the city has to offer. It is also important that everyone has the chance to express an opinion and develop ideas about how public transport should work in the future. For this reason a public consultation process was held in the autumn, where residents were invited to give their opinions on the future of transport, before specific proposals were made.
Next Stop 2035 has been the next stage in the process and in it everyone has been able to express an opinion about specific proposals. Many of the questions related to what was important to passengers – what you expect of tomorrow’s public transport system and how you want it to work in your neighbourhood. Feedback is expected in early 2016.