|Authors:||Trine Hagen, Bård Norheim|
Telemark county will make a decision as to what organisation and contracts will be implemented for public transport in the county. This report is a decisioncriterion for the choice. The report focuses on international experiences with different types of contracts and organisation of the council's tasks. In Telemark, demographical facts are important to the decision. Transportation of schoolchildren is a task governed by law. In rural areas where this kind of public transport is dominant, there are less possibilities for the public transport operators to adjust to the market. The conclusion is that Telemark should choose a kind of contract that emphasizes the political goals for public transport in Telemark, namely better efficiency and customer orientation. Quality contracts are suitable to achieve these goals.