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Actual transport services are provided by transport companies under contracts awarded by competitive tendering. Skyss follows up on these contracts and the transport companies and monitors the quality of services provided.

Where services are provided under so-called gross contracts, Skyss is responsible for ticket systems, marketing, information and customer service. This currently includes most transport contracts, with the exception of some local boat services, which are under net contracts. In net contracts, the operator is responsible for marketing, informationa nd ticket systems.

No part of public transport in Vestland is self-supported by ticket sales. Through the contracts awarded, Skyss pays the transport companies for their provision of transport services. Ticket sales cover approx. 40 percent of Skyss’ costs. All income from ticket sales are put toward operation of public transport services. The remaining costs are covered by funds allocated in the county authority’s budget. As it costs money to provide public transport services, Skyss and the county authority have to prioritize what to spend the available resources on and determine how we can get the best possible public transport out of the money spent.

Skyss plans and funds bus lines in Vestland and is also responsible for ticket systems, marketing, travel information and customer service. Skyss is not responsible for commercial bus services, such as the Airport Express or NOR-WAY Express Bus.

Competitive tendering is used for bus transport. Commercial transport companies bid on contracts for operating in the different service areas. Skyss plans bus lines, defines the conditions for the competitive tendering, awards contracts and follows up on the quality of the services provided. The transport companies own and operate the buses, employ drivers and coordinate the services in terms of timetables and shifts.

Vestland County is divided into 11 different bus service areas. Below are the current contracts and transport companies (in parentheses: contract period plus the number of years Skyss may opt to extend the contract):

  • Bergen south  (incl. Os ond from 01.01.2020 incl. Austevoll): Tide Buss AS (16.08.2019–25.06.2028 + 1 + 1 year)
  • Bergen sentrum: Keolis Norge AS (01.12.2020–30.06.2030 + 1 + 1 year)
  • Bergen nord (incl. Osterøy og Servicelines in Bergen): Tide Buss AS (01.10.2020–30.06.2030 + 1 + 1 year)
  • Vest (Øygarden/Askøy): Tide Buss AS (25.06.2019–25.06.2028 + 1 + 1 år)
  • Sunnhordland: Tide Buss AS (02.07.2017–28.06.2026)
  • Hardanger/Voss: Tide Buss AS (16.08.2016–22.06.2025)
  • Modalen/Vaksdal: Modalen Eksingedalen Billag AS (16.08.2016–22.06.2025)
  • Nordhordland: Vy Buss AS (16.08.2018–15.08.2027)
  • Sunnfjord: Firda Billag Buss AS (20.06.2016–23.06.2024 + until 2 year)
  • Nordfjord: Firda Billag Buss AS (23.06.2014–19.06.2022 + until 2 year)
  • Sogn: Tide Buss AS (19.06.2017–22.06.2025 + until 2 year)

Skyss plans and announces new tenders in good time before contracts expire.

Several entities share responsibility for the Bergen Light Rail.

Skyss is responsible for planning services, tickets and prices, ticket systems, marketing and customer service.

Bybanen AS is responsible for the management, operation and maintenance of infrastructure and vehicles, as well as for the technical operation of screens and real-time information inside the carriages and at stops. Bybanen AS is wholly owned by the Vestland County Authority. Competitive tendering is used for contracts to operate the Bergen Light Rail, and Bybanen AS handles tender competitions and contract follow-up.

Keolis Norge AS is the current operating company, under a contract effective as of 01/07/2019. Keolis employs operators and staffs the operating central.

Bybanen Utbygging is a unit under Vestland County Authority responsible for the planning and construction of new stages of the Bergen Light Rail.

The City of Bergen has planning authority and prepares development plans for all future stages of the Bergen Light Rail.

The Bergen Light Rail is a part of the Miljøløftet initiative. 

 

Skyss manages public passenger boat services in Vestland. Competitive tendering is used, and commercial transport companies compete for boat connection contracts. Individual contracts often cover more than one connection.

Skyss plans boat services and timetables, defines the conditions for the competitive tendering, awards contracts and follows up on the quality of the services provided. The transport companies own and operate the vessels and employ the crew on board.

Skyss manages a wide range of boat service contracts in Vestland. Some of these are so-called gross contracts, under which Skyss bears the income risk and is responsible for travel information, marketing and ticket systems. Others are net contracts, under which the operating company bears the income risk and is responsible for travel information, marketing and ticket systems.

Below is an overview of all boat connections (in parentheses: contract period plus the number of years Skyss may opt to extend the contract)

Boat connections under gross contracts:

  • Sunnhordland and Austevoll: Norled AS (01.01.2014–31.12.2023 + 2 + 2 year):
    • Sunnhordland – Austevoll – Bergen
    • Boatroute Austevoll
  • City boats in Bergen: Norled AS
    • Knarvik – Frekhaug – Bergen (01.01.2019–31.12.2020 + 1 + 1 year)
    • Kleppestø – Bergen (01.01.2018–31.12.2020 + 1 + 1 year)
  • Localboat Gulen, Solund and Askvoll: Fjord1 (01.05.2012–30.04.2022)
    • Gulen – Ytre Solund
    • Hardbakke – Nåra – Mjømna
    • Hardbakke – Kolgrov – Utvær
    • Gåsvær – Midtre Solund – Hardbakke
    • Nord-Solund
  • Localboat Flora, Bremanger, Vågsøy and ambulance i Flora, Fjord1 AS (01.05.2012–30.04.2022)
    • Flora
    • Kystvegekspressen Måløy – Smørhamn – Florø
    • Måløy – Silda /Måløy – Hennøystranda
  • Localboat Lærdal, Vik and Høyanger, Fjord1 AS (01.05.2012–30.04.2022)
    • Vik – Ortnevik
    • Ortnevik – Måren – Nordeide
    • Flåm – Balestrand
    • Kaupanger kai - Frønningen (ferry)

Boatroutes with net contracts:

  • Expressboat Sogn og Fjordane, Norled AS (01.05.2012–30.04.2022)
    • Nordfjord – Bergen
    • Sogn – Bergen
    • Summerroute Bergen – Flåm
  • Rødne & Sønner AS (01.01.2014–31.12.2023)
    • Kvinnherad – Bergen
    • Reksteren – Våge – Os
  • GulenSkyss AS (01.01.2014–31.12.2023 + 2 + 2 year)
    • Espevær – Eidesvik
    • Hellesøy – Hernar
  • Touristroute Hardanger: Norled AS (01.05.2020–31.10.2024)
  • Geitanger – Knappskog: Geitanger Transport AS (01.07.2019–01.07.2024 + 1 + 1 year)
  • Lokal båtrute i Osterfjorden: Osterøy Ferjeselskap AS (01.08.2019–01.08.2024 + 1 + 1 year)

Skyss plans and announces new tenders in good time before contracts expire.

Skyss plans and funds ferry transport for county roads in Vestland. Competitive tendering is used for ferry operation. Commercial transport companies compete for ferry connection contracts, and individual contracts often cover more than one connection. Skyss plans ferry services and timetables, defines the conditions for the competitive tendering, awards contracts and follows up on the quality of the services provided. The transport companies own and operate the vessels and employ the crew on board.

Many of the ferries in Vestland County are electric. Read more about electric ferries here: (Link to page “Miljøvennlig transport” (in Norwegian))

Ferry services in the county road network in Vestland includes a total of 25 ferry connections. Below is a list of contracts, transport companies and connecitons (contract periods in parentheses):

Fjord1 AS (01.01.2020 – 31.12.2029):

  • Krokeide – Hufthamar (start 01.01.2018)
  • Husavik – Sandvikvåg (start 01.01.2018)
  • Leirvåg – Sløvåg
  • Fedje – Sævrøy
  • Hatvik – Venjaneset
  • Halhjem – Våge
  • Langevåg – Buavåg

Fjord1 AS (01.01.2020 – 31.12.2028):

  • Skjersholmane – Ranavik
  • Jektevik – Nordhuglo – Hodnanes
  • Gjermundshavn – Varaldsøy – Årsnes
  • Jondal – Tørvikbygd

Norled AS (01.01.2020 – 31.12.2028):

  • Klokkarvik – Lerøy – Bjelkarøy – Hjellestad
  • Fjelberg – Sydnes – Utbjoa – Borgundøy

Wergeland AS (01.01.2019–31.12.2028):

  • Masfjordnes – Duesund


Boreal Sjø AS (1.1.2020–31.12.2028):

  • Kvanndal – Utne
  • Kinsarvik – Utne
  • Skånevik – Matre – Utåker


Fjord1 AS (last until 31.12.2025):

  • Måløy – Oldeide – Husevågøy (start 01.01.2017)
  • Isane – Stårheim (starta 01.01.2017)
  • Askvoll – Gjervik – Fure – Værlandet (start 01.01.2016)
  • Rysjedalsvika – Rutledal – Krakhella – Losna (start 01.01.2018)


Fjord1 AS (01.05.2012- 30.04.2022) (part of a contract with several boatroutes):

  • Kaupanger kai - Frønningen


Wergeland AS (01.09.2013–30.04.2023):

  • Mjånes – Hisarøy


GulenSkyss AS (01.01.2020–31.12.2023):

  • Daløy – Haldorsneset


Vidar Hop Skyssbåtar AS (01.06.2019–31.05.2029):

  • Barmen – Barmsund

Skyss plans and announces new tenders in good time before contracts expire.

Ferry services in Vestland managed by others:

  • Breistein – Valestrand: Private ferrycompany 
  • Solvorn – Ornes: managed by Luster kommune
  • Ferry services managed by Statens vegvesen:
    • Halhjem – Sandvikvåg
    • Lavik – Oppedal
    • Lote – Anda
    • Fodnes – Mannheller
    • Hella – Vangsnes
    • Dragsvik – Vangsnes
    • Hella – Dragsvik

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