Ruter, Oslo, Norway

Bernt Reitan Jenssen has studied economy at BI Norwegian Business School. He has been Chief Executive Officer in Ruter As since the establishment of the common public transport company for the City of Oslo and Akershus County. Since February 2007 he was Chief Executive Officer in AS Oslo Sporveier.

Bernt Reitan Jenssen has held the position of Senior Vice President in Posten Norway AS for eight years. He has also been Chief Executive Officer in the logistic companies TNT Norway AS and IL-X Bud-Service AS.

Presentation Abstract

Ruter was established in 2008, with the aim of better managing and coordinating public transportation in the Oslo region. Ruter, a common management company owned by the two counties Oslo and Akershus plans for, market and tender out PT services through contracts with private bus and ferry operators, and with the city-owned operator on trams and metro services.

Ruter and the operators commonly agreed vision is “to make public transportation the natural first choice” for the customer. Much knowlegde on PT planning as well as customer orientation has been put together in Ruter to create the best solutions for the city, the region and the travelling customers. The result has been an annual growth in PT of 4-5 %, and an almost standstill of growth in private car driving.

However, this would not have been possible without strong political leadership and funding commitment from Ruters owners Oslo and Akerhus, an important tool being the use of toll revenues, were car drivers in effect fund PT investments and operations. Mr Reitan Jenssen will present the political and economic backrop of Ruters success, and give his thoughts on how conditions for mobility planning might look in the future, and what challenges and opportunities he sees ahead.

Congress & Exhibition: 

Parallel Session 16 – Advancing cities: Efficient authorities making the difference

The role of Authorities in the public transport sector is a complex and constantly-evolving one, at the heart of a network of stakeholders with diverse expectations, though sharing the common objective of an efficient and integrated transport organisation on a defined geographical area.

With the sole aim of making their cities and regions more sustainable, competitive, smart and attractive, Authorities have therefore built ingenious partnerships, designed the necessary frameworks, or enhanced the communication between parties.