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Old October 10th, 2015, 03:25 PM   #81
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From my point of view, a tram tunnel from Järntorget to Lindholmen could be more interesting than the cable cars. Seeing that in a bigger perspective like a line from Järntorget crossing the river and continuing to Hjälmar and Backa.

Hisingen is increasing a lot the population, but the connections with the south remain quite bad, with buses that cannot fit the demand that well any more and beeing able to connect only with two bridges and one ferry. I thinknthat there shoulf be more options (and not a fancy short cable car, but a longer and eficient tram line maybe).
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Wouldn't it even be possible to form a ringline connecting, f.e. Brunnsparken, Frihamnen, Lindholmen, Eriksberg, (via Älvsborgsbron) Klippan, etc.? That could be quite a tour around the most populated areas located by Göta älv.
No idea about a ringline via Älvsborgsbron. But one could build a new bridge, dedicated to the light rail network(and maybe pedestrians/bikes), that would connect to the south bank at for example Stigbergstorget. This would probably be less expensive than a tunnel. I don't mind the cable-cars, if they actually serve a real purpose, and increases the mobility for people. Need to have decent passenger capacity.

There are two "ringlines" planed or under way, the first of which is the "Kringen" plans, the addition of Skeppsbron is part of phase 2 in this project as far as I know, but again, this is on the south bank, and got nothing to do with Hisingen.

There are also some plans for a larger ringline, which goes around the whole of central Gothenburg, the geographic central Gothenburg that is, which then of course includes areas such as the north bank/hisingen.

It's called Vision K2020. I got no idea about the financing for this, but I expect it's highly dependent on the new negotiations(Sverigeförhandlingen).

https://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/K2020#Sp.C3.A5rv.C3.A4g

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K2020 is a collaborative project within the Göteborg Muncipal Association of Local Authorities, where a number of municipalities, Västra Götaland, Västtrafik and Traffic Authority participates. The aim of the project is that by 2025 nearly double the number of public transport trips in Gothenburg and the surrounding municipalities, for a 40% share of total trips. In Gothenburg municipality, the share is already at a similar figure, but it does not apply between Gothenburg and the surrounding municipalities.

It notes in various investigations that expansion of infrastructure is necessary, but it is also important to make public transport more attractive. More train services desired, including making trains much faster getting into the center than buses. It requires such investments. Here is a brief summary of the public transportation program adopted on 3 April 2009.


- The planned Munkebäcksgatan Triangle was opened in 2013 with an extension of Line 5 from Torp to Eastern Hospital where reverse loop was rebuilt so that it allowed the use of two lines.

- Line of the Iron Market, the Southern bank of the river (Bathhouse link) past the Opera (Opera Link) and in the longer term on the Gullbergsvass to the Old Town Square followed by Utby. The turn loop at the Bellevue are removed and instead turn to when necessary in Utby. Bathhouse The link began in 2013, part of Kringen, and will be completed in 2015. During track work in Kortedala / Old town during the summer of 2013 began a new turning loop at Nymånegatan instead of the current at the Bellevue. It is unclear whether it is supposed to be a permanent solution, but it goes against the K2020's plans Utby (which, however, must be considered resolved founded and stationed far into the future).

- Tramway over the North bank of the river (Lindholmen, Sannegården, Eriksberg) to Ivarsbergsmotet close Älvsborgsbron, as well as a connection between Lindholmen and Eketrägatan of Bracke.

- Light rail to Backa.

Large-Kringen built initially out between Lindholmen and Masthuggstorget. This is an expensive project, a tramway tunnel under the river will cost billions. Later supplemented connection with a tunnel from Masthuggstorget up to Linneplatsen. In the longer term (beyond K2020's gaze range), additional extensions in the form of an eastern part of the ring to be built (across the river to the area Odinsplatsen / Svingeln).

- Longer trams. They want associated with this have the 45-meter stops.
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Old October 23rd, 2015, 12:02 AM   #82
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Volvo ElectroCity:

Västtrafik / Volvo Electricity: 12.10.15 by KM_Edinburgh, on Flickr

Västtrafik / Volvo Electricity: 12.10.15 by KM_Edinburgh, on Flickr
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Old December 13th, 2015, 01:28 AM   #83
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In the nearest future Volvo Electric buses will be introduced in some other European cities.


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More information: Sweden's silent buses making a loud noise
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Old December 17th, 2015, 11:35 PM   #84
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Season greetings from Volvo Buses - the latest Volvo Electric (a part of the project ElectriCity) decorated with Christmas lights in Gothenburg, Sweden.



Volvo Electric was introduced in June 2015 in a regular city bus line 55 in Gothenburg. The one can try these silent electric buses on a bus route between Lindholmen Science Park and Chalmers. Some cities in Europe have already ordered these buses.
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Old December 22nd, 2015, 06:25 PM   #85
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The political right in the city wants to sell Göteborgs spårvägar AB, the tram operator, currently owned by the municipality. It will be interesting to see how this comes out, I wouldn't bet on it happening, but who knows.

Net sales 1030 MSEK
Operating profit 7 MSEK
Profit after financial items 8 MSEK
Total assets 658 MSEK
Solidity 59,2%
Return on equity 2,1%
Return on total capital 1,2%
Average number of employees 1183

Total number of passengers 113 million.

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Old April 15th, 2016, 07:00 PM   #86
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Göteborg Spårvägar have released that Bombardier will become the manufacturer for the M33 tram for Gothenburg. They have been given the task to build 40 new trams with an option for 60 more trams before 2026. They will be based on the Flexity model of tram, and they will be similar to those that are already in traffic in Dresden, Bremen and Melbourne. The first two will be delivered in autumn 2018, and the rest will arrive at the rate of two per month until the first 40 are delivered in 2020.

http://www.goteborgssparvagar.se/til...rvagnar-klart/
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Old April 16th, 2016, 12:08 AM   #87
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Good. No more AB nonsense.
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Old May 10th, 2016, 08:17 PM   #88
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Appeal blocks award of Göteborg tram contract
10 May 2016



SWEDEN: Škoda Transportation has launched a legal challenge to the decision by Göteborg tram operator Göteborgs Spårvägar to select a consortium of Bombardier and Vossloh Kiepe as preferred bidder for a contract to supply 40 trams, with options for up to 60 more.

Alstom, CAF, Pesa, and Stadler had also bid for the contract. The initial award decision was taken on April 15, triggering the 10-day regulatory standstill period during which Skoda submitted its challenge

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Old August 30th, 2016, 11:45 PM   #89
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Studies to be made on whether Gothenburg should build a subterranean tram network (Like Rhein-Ruhr, Cologne, Stuttgart, etc...) or not.

Nu utreder vi tunnelbana som kopplar ihop Göteborg

Kvaliteten i kollektivtrafiken är avgörande för en stads utveckling och miljöbelastningen måste minska[...]
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Old September 24th, 2016, 09:32 PM   #90
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New tram lines are being planned...

Här planeras nya spårvägar

GP visar vilka stora satsningar på snabbare kollektivtrafik som är på gång i centrala Göteborg[...]



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Flera av byggena försöker Göteborgsområdet få staten att vara med och delbetala.
=But need state funds in order to get them built.
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Old September 25th, 2016, 09:38 PM   #91
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A micro-short translation and some comments, intermixed:
The red line, "Linbana över älven", is a proposed dangleway / cabin lift (or whatever it's called).

The black line is a bus and car bridge over the railway station, to reduce road usage on the western side of the station.

All other lines on the map are standard tramway compatible with existing network and existing trams.

The orange line, "Spårväg till Lindholmen", will replace trunk bus line 16 which is more or less at capacity today. There is already segregated bus lanes along the whole way on the map, except the easternmost part which is anyway going to be rebuildt when the combined road and tram bridge (on the map near "Frihamnen") will be replaced by a new bridge in a slightly altered location a little bit to the east of the current bridge. The current bus line 16 also has segregated bus lanes for another stretch to the west of the line on this map, and then it continues mixed with cars on a lightly used road up to the tram stop and major bus interchange "Eketrägatan". (This is the place where you se a loop on the existing tram line nortwhest nearby the L in "Lundby" on the map). IMHO it would be silly to not convert the whole line to tram.

The yellow line would be either a bridge or tunnel across the water and a tunnel on the south side of the water.

The green line is a proposed tram line bypassing Gothenburgs central areas and bypassing the major interchange Brunnsparken. Once upon a time, AFAIK in the 60s, they tried to build such a link but there were major protests to the at that time plan to cut down a lot of trees. AFAIK the now current plan is to not cut down many trees.

IMHO maybe a good idea but todays urgency isn't about track capacity but a general shortage of working trams mostly due to a cripplingy low availabilitiy of the newest M32 trams. As usual the old trams från the second half of the 1960's is going to be used five more years. That has been the plan for many years, i.e. at any point in time for atleast 15 years the plan has been to use the old trams for five more years, postponing the end point of theese five years as time goes by

The blue line has about the same purpose as the green line, but the difference is that once upon a time that line existed. The reason that line were removed were probably that it made interchanges harder.
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Bombardier and Vossloh Kiepe clinch Gothenburg tram order
Tuesday, October 11, 2016



FOLLOWING an international tender, Gothenburg Tramways has awarded a consortium of Bombardier and Vossloh Kiepe a €140m contract to supply 40 Flexity low-floor LRVs

The contract includes options for up to 60 additional vehicles, which can be exercised at any time before 2026. Bombardier’s share of the contract is worth €97m

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Gothenburg cable car update

http://gondolaproject.com/2017/01/26...-announcement/
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From Metro Report

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Ekova and Cegelec complete Göteborg tram refurbishment
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SWEDEN: Czech firms Ekova Electric and Cegelec Praha have completed the refurbishment of 79 M31 trams for Göteborg, with the last handed back to operator Göteborgs Spårvägar on March 7.

Work began in June 2011 following the award of a KC170m contract. This marks the second renovation of the trams, which were built by ASEA in 1984-92 as two-section M21s. In 1998-2002 Mittenwalder Gerätebau added a low-floor centre section, bringing the length of each tram to 30·6 m
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P.S. the low-foor centre section by Mittelwalder Gerätebau is crap. It doesn't have boggies so it causes more wear on the rails than wheels on boggies.

The operator/owner GS has stated that the weels on the low floor section of M31, and all wheels on the 100% low floor Ansaldo Breda M32 needs service five times as often as the wheels on the high floor section of M31 (made by ASEA) and the old 100% high floor trams from the 1960's-1970's (M28 and M29). Mostly since the introduction of M32, but to some degree since M21 were rebuilt as M31 with low-floor, there has been a real increase in maintenance costs of the rail infrastructure.
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Is that center section literally floating in mid-air or are there wheels with fixed axles under it?
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Is that center section literally floating in mid-air or are there wheels with fixed axles under it?


The axles are controlled by drag links in combination with the movement of the articulated joint.
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Now we tie Gothenburg together seriously !!

DEBATE A new tramway over the Göta river, a new bus system in Gothenburg, an aerial tramway and a strong investment in bicycling infrastructure.


Through the so called Sweden negotiations, a financing of new projects for Gothenburg is assigned.

1. New tram. We create a whole new connection from the Linnaeus Square in a tunnel to Stigberget and then a new bridge / tunnel across the Göta River directly to Lindholmen. This greatly reduces the time of travel, relieves traffic and the dependence of the tram-hub of Brunnsparken. From Lindholmen, the tram continues on the Hisingen district to Backaplan and Brunnsbo. This is being expanded in stages and is expected to be fully completed in 2035.

2. City bus concept. This is new to Gothenburg, but a success all over the world, and it involves new lanes exclusively for bus traffic. It is like tram traffic on rubber wheels. It creates fast, direct travel without interruptions and stops and high frequencies. The first stage goes from Lindholmen - Eriksberg and further north to Vårväderstorget. Here we create a new transport system in the city that connects the large residential areas around the area "Biskopsgården" directly to education facilities and workplaces. New opportunities are being opened for more Gothenburgers to reach the city's strongest growth node. It is expected to be completed in 2023.



The second city bus stage, is prepared to be converted to a tramway if needed, it runs between Backa and Backaplan. The city bus runs through the new junction between Backaplan / Brunnsbo, where a new commuter train station is being built which connects to both Bohus-line and the Central Station and it connects Hisingen to the Västlänken stations. This is expected to be done in 2031. When we, together with Västtrafik, also increase the proportion of electric buses with the ambition that city traffic in the next procurement will be fossil-free, we also reduce the climate impact on Gothenburg.

3. The route Järntorget - Lindolmen, which takes 20 minutes according to the Västtrafik travel planner, will take 3.5 minutes with the future aerial tramway. With the aerial tramway, we will be rewarded with traveltime-benefits which are simply not possible otherwise, regarding how much we enhance today's system. We also get a capacity that is just as high as in tram traffic. The lane then continues to Gropegårdsgatan and the nearly 10,000 jobs that will be in direct connection now when Campus Volvo is established there, and further then connects to the Wieselgrensplatsen. This is expected to be ready by 2021.

Fantastic development:

In the 78 years that have passed since the Göta-river bridge was built, two further connections over central Gothenburg have been created. Now, in a few years, we are building no less than four more connections- with the current Marieholm tunnel, the new Hisingsbron, the tram link between Lindholmen and Stigberget and the aerial tramway. This is great for Gothenburg. But above all, for the people of the city, who will have more choices in their daily lives, to visit friends and family, to commute to school, workplaces or go to out for amusements. It is now that we seriously tie the city together across the river.
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Oh no, more painful bus experiments

Gothenburg already have separate bus lanes and bus priority in the traffic signals (city centre -) Lindholmen - Eriksberg (bus linje 16, which silly enough for most of its stretch run on top of tram tracks).

They should instead convert this part to a tram line. I'm not sure if the other end of bus line 16, Marklandsgatan - Högsbohöjd, is suitable for tram conversion but everything else should be a tram line.

Backa - Backaplan (currently bus route 18/19) should also be a tram line. It's also kind of silly to build this as a BRT system if they also plan on building a tram line on the first part, Backaplan - Brunnsbo.

If they build a tram line to Brunnsbo they should open a station on the Bohusbanan heavy rail line (Gothenburg-Uddevalla-Strömstad) in the Brunnsbo area somewhere where it would be convenient to interchange between tram, rail and bus.

It's too obvious that lobbyists from Volvos bus division is affecting politics in the Gothenburg area.

BTW: I promise that I'll eay my shoes if they actually build a BRT system with a white LED strip along the whole division between the bus lane and the car lane, and also make the bus lane semi-green with some stupid slippery color (like they are doing to the bike network, but with red color that makes the lanes slippery).
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