A regional planning agreement for the Icelandic capital of Reykjavík and its surrounding communities, signed by all seven municipalities on 29 June in agreement with the Icelandic Road Administration, includes a plan for a new light rail system to be constructed by 2040.
Quoted in local media, regional planning manager Hrafnkell Á. Proppé said: “We plan to build a fast light rail system which operates within its own space independently from other traffic. The city line will be a powerful and environmentally-friendly transport system which will help passengers travel quickly and safely around the metropolitan area.”
“If we continue to travel the way we do today where 76% of trips are made by car, we will be in trouble,” said Hrafnkell. “It’s expected that in 2040, 70,000 more people will live in the capital region. It’s necessary that we anticipate the predicted population increase while making sure car traffic doesn’t increase at the same rate.”
Feasibility studies and initial planning is to be completed in 2016.