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Congestion charge increased public transport use

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Congestion charge increased public transport use
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18:49 CEST+02:00
More people in Sweden used public transport last year than in previous years, and congestion charging in Stockholm is being singled out as the reason.

The number of people using public transport increased by five percent across the country. The rise is equal to 58 million journeys, according to statistics from the Swedish Institute for Transport and Communications Analysis Swedish Institute for Transport and Communications Analysis (SIKA).

Some 65 percent of the increase was due to trials of the Stockholm congestion tax scheme, which took place between January and July 2006, the report said. Journeys by metro (T-bana) increased by seven percent over the year.

The costs of the public transport system increased by 3 billion kronor to 27 billion kronor ($4 billion). Income from ticket sales increased by 900 million kronor to 14 billion kronor. Subsidies from local authorities and the state amounted to 11.5 billion kronor.

Stockholm County saw the highest number of journeys per inhabitant, with the average resident making 350 trips last year. Gotland was home to the least enthusiastic users of public transport, with an average of 19 journeys per inhabitant.

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