Big day for Bergen with ‘Bybanen’

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Almost half a century after Bergen shut down its tramway, it was resurrected, sort of, with the opening of a new light urban railway on Tuesday. Queen Sonja was the first official passenger to take the new Bybanen, which has been two-and-a-half years in the making. More than 6 million people are expected to use [...]

New Bergen tram off to rocky start

The city of Bergen, on Norway’s west coast, is due to officially launch its new tram line called Bybanen, but accidents have plagued its trial period over the past several weeks. The new tram system has suffered collisions with other vehicles and even a derailment. The problems are threatening to delay the system’s grand opening, [...]

New ‘Metro’ idea falls flat

T-bane stations like this one at Sognsvann may soon sport an "M." PHOTO: Views and News

Oslo’s rapid transit system seems to be going through a self-imposed identity crisis. Officials running the city’s subway, known for decades as the T-bane, want to re-name it the Metro. Passengers want to derail the whole idea. “Stupid,” “expensive,” “crazy,” even “reprehensible” were among words used to describe the proposed name change in letters to [...]