Even though they can occasionally get stuck in traffic and are restricted to rails, an overwhelming majority of Oslo residents love their trams known as trikken. The system is now being expanded and all its older trams will eventually be replaced.
A new survey conducted by research firm Kandar/TNS for the public transit agency Sporveien shows that fully 78 percent of those responding want to retain Oslo’s tram system. The Norwegian capital also has a metro system and an extensive bus system, but few want it to ever replace the trams.
“For us in Sporveien, this is a very nice number,” Cato Hellesjø, spokesman for the tram system, told newspaper Dagsavisen. “It shows that folks have confidence in us who work with development of the public transport system and the trams in particular.”
Oslo recently signed a contract to purchase new, bigger trams from a Spanish producer. They’ll be phased in between 2020 and 2024 after the city also makes improvements to their rails.