Reykjavík’s proposed public transport system, Borgarlína, or Cityline, will cost an estimated ISK 62–70 billion (USD 629–USD 710 million, EUR 556-628 million), reports RÚV.
“What we’re doing at the moment is to lay out the whole future network so that although it will actually be built in several stages, it will make sense in the end,” Hrafnkell Á. Proppé, the Association of Municipalities in the Capital Area’s regional planning director, explained in a radio interview on Rás 2 this morning. “The cost estimates that we have today anticipate that the overall cost, if the entire network is constructed, will be somewhere between ISK 62 and 70 billion. But I think it’s entirely possible that this won’t happen all at once, any more than the capital area’s road system did.”
The idea behind Cityline is to develop a rapid bus transit system that will augment existing bus service and relieve traffic congestion by transporting passengers throughout the capital area. As explained by mbl.is, Cityline buses will be electrically powered, travel on their own lanes, and have priority at traffic lights. A wait of 5–7 minutes is expected between buses, with real-time service updates and times posted on digital signs at each station. The proposed network will be 57 km (35 mi) long with 13 transit hubs in locations where population density is expected to increase in coming years.
Population forecasts for Reykjavík estimate that the city’s population will increase by 70,000 over the next 25 years, and if the current number of tourists remains unchanged, a 65percent increase in travel times and 80percent increase in travel delays around the city is expected. Cityline is, therefore, being developed in order to respond to these future transportation challenges.