Thoughts from a night trip

Last night, or rather 2 am. this morning, on the way home after celebrating new year with some friends in Mölndal, we saw lots of taxis and surprisingly even some buses.

I suppose those buses that are in use in the middle of the night (possibly with exception of new years eve and midsummer) are mainly in traffic to prevent drunk driving and to offer some general service.

The Public Transport Authorities are requested, by the political leaders, to provide service for many reasons other than just bringing people to work and shops. When we discuss the cost for public transports however in the political discussion there is not often made a difference between the social responsibility and the public transport.

When we look at average number of passengers for example the average environmental load per passenger kilometre would improve a lot and show even better competitiveness, compared to many other alternatives, if the social duties were excluded from the comparison.

Could there be a value in differentiating the two, in the budget and in society?

-Public transport (Green vehicles)

-Social responsibility (Red vehicles)

About volvobuses

Adjunct Professor of Catalysis at Chalmers University of Technology. Lives in Gothenburg, Sweden, with my wife and three daughters born in 1991, 1994 and 1997. Is a passionate runner.
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