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City tram or city bus?. Rogaland county looks at possibility of cheaper alternative. The wish to persuade people to leave their cars at home in favour of public transport is still very much on the agenda for the county council, and bendy buses seem to be winning ground. At the end of next month a 24 metre bus is due to be tested out on the streets of Stavanger; now, a low-emission large bendy bus, with room for 193 passengers has entered the ring as possible competition to the proposed city tram (bybanen).The advantages According to Aftenbladet, the Mercedes Capacity bus does the job of four ordinary buses, and emits no higher amounts of CO2 than one of them does. In addition, the four buses cost 6.8 million kroner, whereas the Capacity costs 3.8 million. There are also many other advantages with this solution.

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City tram or city bus?

Published on Friday, 29th May, 2009 at 00:01 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Rogaland county looks at possibility of cheaper alternative.

Mercedes Capacity bendy bus
Mercedes Capacity bendy bus
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The wish to persuade people to leave their cars at home in favour of public transport is still very much on the agenda for the county council, and bendy buses seem to be winning ground. At the end of next month a 24 metre bus is due to be tested out on the streets of Stavanger; now, a low-emission large bendy bus, with room for 193 passengers has entered the ring as possible competition to the proposed city tram (bybanen).

The advantages

According to Aftenbladet, the Mercedes Capacity bus does the job of four ordinary buses, and emits no higher amounts of CO2 than one of them does. In addition, the four buses cost 6.8 million kroner, whereas the Capacity costs 3.8 million. There are also many other advantages with this solution.

“The reason we are looking at the bus is a financial one. The bus offers better accessibility, is more regular, requires a smaller investment than the city tram, and takes less time to complete”, Odd Arild Kvaløy, head of Rogaland county council’s transport committee tells The Foreigner.

Rogaland county council’s Gunnar Eiterjord names two others.

“The running costs are lower, and it’s more comfortable” he says.

Town planning challenges

Neither Kvaløy nor Eiterjord could give an exact figure as to how much a fleet of buses would save in relation to the trams, but the roads in Stavanger were probably not built with large bendy buses in mind. Although Aftenbladet writes that the 19.54 metre long bus has the same turning circle as some of the other, smaller ones, some changes will have to be made in order to accommodate it.

“If we use the city bus (busbanen), then we must improve the roads, build better bus stops, and construct more appropriate bus terminals” says Kvaløy.

“They will need more room because of their length” Eiterjord says.

Negligible

So which is better for the environment, the bus or the tram, even though the council eventually aims to build the city tram anyway, according to Kvaløy?

“Conditional upon their quality being high, both are environmentally friendly, and with very low emission levels” concludes Eiterjord.

The committee is expected to make its decision in August.



Published on Friday, 29th May, 2009 at 00:01 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: city, tram, stavanger, bus, mercedes, capacity, council, rogaland, county.





  
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