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Borgarlínan - BRT system

Reykjavik's new public transport system

Gottlieb Paludan Architects is responsible for the architecture and landscape architecture of Borgarlínan - a major public transport project that will transform transport in Iceland's capital in a green direction.

The Borgarlínan project is a "Bus Rapid Transit" system, where buses run in a separate route, with their own stops and identity. The BRT system combines the high capacity and speed of trams with the flexibility of buses and lower construction costs. It is a solution that offers good operational flexibility, good opportunities for urban integration and good investment economics.

The focus will be on designing a transport system with a clear local identity that contributes positively to green development and to the creation of well-functioning urban spaces and new traffic patterns in the metropolitan area. The BRT system will provide an efficient and environmentally friendly alternative to the car and can also help to pave the way for more pedestrian and bicycle traffic in Reykjavik. Work is underway on the possibility of running on sustainable fuels, and Borgarlínan is an important element in Iceland's goal of carbon-neutral public transport to contribute to the country's fulfillment of the Paris Agreement.

Gottlieb Paludan Architects won the contract as part of an international team led by French Artelia and including Danish MOE, Icelandic HNIT and YRKI

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