Work begins on new metro line

Construction crews began work Friday on the long-awaited rail line that will connect Oslo’s popular metro service (T-bane) with Fornebu, site of Oslo’s old airport west of the city. The airport shut down in October 1998 and the area has since been redeveloped as a sprawling community of homes, offices, shopping centers and parks. The […]

State finally tries to rein in el-scooters

After nearly two years of urban chaos, Norway’s transport ministry is finally proposing some new regulation of electric scooters that are loved by some and hated by others. Scooter operators and users face new parking rules, speed limits and other restrictions, but enforcing them will remain a challenge. The state highway department (Statens vegvesen), acting […]

Uber poised for comeback in Norway

Claiming “there’s room for innovation in the Norwegian taxi market,” the Nordic chief for controversial personal transport firm Uber is gearing up for a re-entry. It coincides with further deregulation of Norway’s taxi business from November 1, via a new law that’s being met with cheers and protests. The new drosjeloven removes limits on how […]

E18 highway victory sets off new fights

After decades of political quarreling, construction is finally cleared to start on expansion of the heavily trafficked E18 highway west of Oslo. A decision by the local Viken County council to guarantee financial support set off new political battles, however, also within the Labour Party. Viken leader Tonje Brenna ended up sacrificing her Labour-led council […]

El-scooter operators vow to end chaos

Six operators of the highly controversial electric scooters in Oslo have promised to work together to address issues that have made the scooters a nuisance on city streets. Street patrols, lower speeds, a campaign to get users to be more considerate, and better parking facilities are among measures discussed at a meeting with Transport Minister […]

El-scooters overrun summer in the city

They seem to be everywhere again, rolling out of control in Norwegian cities and then literally being dumped on sidewalks, in parks and even in people’s yards. Local politicians are being accused of shirking responsibility for regulating the popular electric scooters as complaints rise. Now even one of the biggest players in Oslo, Voi, is […]

Political quarrels stall highway project

Officials from the state, the city of Oslo and the huge new county of Viken have given up on any agreement over expansion and improvements to the main E18 highway west of the Norwegian capital. No one seems to know what will happen now. Financing for the project, which has grown considerably in size and […]

Millions earmarked for roadwork

The state plans to both repair roads and stimulate the economy by earmarking another NOK 600 million (USD 57 million) for projects to be spread evenly throughout the country. Transport Minister Knut Arild Hareide of the Christian Democrats told state broadcaster NRK this week that the state highway department (Statens vegvesen) had settled on NOK 188 […]

Ferry fare uproar pits locals vs state

Ferries, an integral part of transportion along Norway’s vast coastline, are suddenly at the center of a new nationwide uproar. It surged when ferry fares spiked after New Year, and now several large counties have banded together to mount the latest major challenge to the country’s conservative government coalition. The ferry uproar has been compared […]

Politician caught in ticket control

There seems to be no end to the challenges facing Labour Party leader Jonas Gahr Støre. As his party struggles in the polls, the top Norwegian politician himself was struggling Thursday morning to explain why he hadn’t paid for his ticket on Oslo’s metro system. Støre was on his way to work at the Parliament, where […]