On June 1st 2015, we will be introducing a new zone system for the whole of the County of Gävleborg
X-trafik’s assignment is to develop and coordinate individual and general public transport services to ensure that as many people as possible can enjoy sustainable travel. We know that public transport has a major role to play in modern society – and its importance is sure to increase even further in the future. Sustainable travel is one of the cornerstones of a sustainable world, and few means of transport are as beneficial to the environment as our buses and trains.
In addition, public transport is something that brings us together and creates options for everyone: to travel to work, to school and to new opportunities. Our vision also states: ‘good prospects for a thriving Gävleborg, where public transport is a self-evident part of sustainable society’. We are now in the starting blocks, ready to create a public transport system that will carry us into the future. The first step is to redraw our zone map – and thus to realign transport throughout our county.
Study the information
Additional information about the change will be sent to the private addresses of all households in Gävleborg during the month of May. So keep an eye out for it!
Why we are implementing the change
The cost of travelling with X-trafik from one place to another is defined by our zone division. The current zone map is more than 30 years old, and dates back to a time when travelling in our county looked very different. The significance of the various population centres has changed, with some becoming actual regional centres: destination points in the county to which people travel for work, education and commerce. Over time, this has made it increasingly necessary to apply a zone division that takes the new travel patterns into account. We have therefore drawn a new zone map that allows large numbers of people to travel farther – a zone map that has made our county bigger.
Bigger zones create more opportunities
The new zone map reduces the number of zones from the current level of 70 to 11. Briefly put, we have merged the old zones to create new, larger ones. Previously, each local authority comprised several small zones; today, a single zone may contain several local authorities. This means that many of our customers will now be able to travel farther using the same ticket.
In addition, we are planning to introduce free Wi-Fi on all our buses, and to launch a real-time system that allows users to view the current position of the bus they are waiting for. This constitutes important steps towards making the public transport system for the whole of Gävleborg even better.
The price does not reflect supply and opportunities
In order to understand the change, it is important to recall that our public transport does not cover its own costs. Around half of X-trafik’s financing stems from ticket revenues, while the remainder is paid by the county tax-payers. In practice, this means that the whole of the county contributes to paying for the public transport system – although not all residents have the same opportunity to make use of it. Trip regularity in rural areas, for example, is much lower than in the large, heavily populated areas.
For this reason, one of our objectives with the new zone model is to makes it cheaper to travel farther, so as to close the gap between how residents in rural and urbanised areas benefit from the county public transport system.
An investment in the future
With our new zone model, we are making it cheaper to travel farther. This is a move that comes at a cost. In addition, we will shortly be making a number of investments in public transport that have long been in demand. These are necessary changes. At the same time, we have seen contract costs rise from several operators in recent years – without adjusting our prices correspondingly. It is against this background that we have now been obliged to change the prices on a number of our journeys. We are doing this to create better conditions for a sustainable public transport system that can carry us into the future.
Objectives of the change
- Reduce the number of zones – present a price model that is both modern and simple to understand
- Make it possible to travel farther – create a fairer pricing structure for the whole county
- Reduce the price of the county ticket – increase benefit within the region
How to travel through the new zones
Even though the zones have been changed and renamed, they still function in the same way. You pay for the number of zones you cross to travel from point A to point B. It may be that you pass through the same zone twice during the same journey, but you will not have to pay twice for the zone in question. And remember that our five population centres with city traffic will still be considered separate zones.