Research project


Knowledge for developing the more efficient and environmental friendly urban transport systems of the future – case Oslo. Finances by Norwegian Research Council and six user partners, runs from 2016 – 2020

In BYTRANS, we create knowledge about how we can develop more efficient and environmentally friendly urban transport systems for the future. The project utilizes a unique opportunity to develop knowledge when 'natural experiments' are taking place in the Oslo area transport systems over the next four years (partial closure of 10 tunnels on the main road network, significant changes in the public transport system, car-free city center, turning car-lanes into bus lanes om motorways).

The project generates different types of data (traffic data, passenger data, bicycle data, taxi data, surveys, interviews, etc.). We analyze how different groups (public transport passengers, commuters, freight transport and taxis) adapt to various changes in the urban transport system, how this affects the loads and qualities of different parts of the urban transport systems (road transport, public transport, bicycle). Furthermore, we investigate which effects and consequences changes in the transport systems have for different groups (mentioned above). We also examine how effective transport agencies' information measures and mitigation measures are, and suggest improvements.

The main aim of the project is to explore what new opportunities the new knowledge opens for developing more efficient and environmentally friendly urban transport systems for the future.

The project will also develop better understandings of congestion in urban road transport systems, and how congestion can be managed and regulated. We will contribute to development of planning methods and transport models for research, analysis and planning. We explore how Big Data and New data can be used in research and planning, and we develop a pilot platform for sharing traffic data and other data.

Organisation and partners

The project is an active cooperation between:

  • Municipality of Oslo (applicant)
  • Institute of Transport Economics (project manager)
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU
  • Norwegian Public Roads Administration
  • Akershus county
  • Norwegian Railway Directorate
  • Norwegian Railways (NSB, operator)
  • Freight operators (LUKS)
  • Oslo Taxi
  • Norwegian Automobile Association, NAF
  • International Business Machines, IBM
  • Telenor Research.

The research is financed by the Norwegian Research Council, together with user partners Municipality of Oslo (Bymiljøetaten), Norwegian Public Roads Administration, Akershus county, Norwegian Railways (NSB) and Norwegian Automobile Association, NAF. These and the other partners also contributes with in kind financing, as they are active partners in the project.

All partners are part of the project group led by TØI, and Municipality of Oslo heads the steering group consisting of five of the partners.

The total budget is NOK 24 million, whereof about NOK 16 million for the research institutions and NOK 8 million as in kind from partners. The project runs from 2016 to 2020.

At TØI, the project is led by Chief Researcher, Dr. Aud Tennøy, numerous TØI and NTNU researchers are involved in the project.

Expert group

  • Dr. Karin Brundell Freij, WSP Sweden
  • Professor Petter Næss (Norwegian University of Life Sciences, NMBU)
  • Professor Tor Medalen (NTNU)
  • Dr. Roberto Trasarti, KDD Lab
  • Dr. Gennady Andrenko, Fraunhofer Institute og City University London
  • Holger Schlaupitz, Friends of the Earth Norway

Publications and presentations

See list with several publiscations in English.


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0349 Oslo, Norway

Phone: +47 22 57 38 00