Göteborg’s KOLLA (Kollektivtrafik för alla) project, which started in 2005, was a collaboration between the regional Public Transport Authority (PTA), Special Transport Services and Traffic and Public Transport Authority to improve public transport for people with disabilities.
KOLLA consisted of a variety of sub-projects, including a remodelling project to remove obstacles and barriers on streets and public areas, adapting all tram and main bus stops and the 70 most-used ‘ordinary’ bus stops; and expanding the network of the Flexline bus – a special bus service for people with reduced mobility. The PTA invested approx. € 30m in the project between 2005 and 2011.
Göteborg is Sweden’s second-largest city with over 540 000 inhabitants. It approved its transport strategy, Göteborg 2035 Trafikstrategi För En Nära Storstad (available to download below), in February 2014.
Solutions included creating 6cm raised ‘waiting’ platforms in the middle of zebra crossings for the visually impaired, with a 0cm levelled section beside them for people with disabilities to easily cross the road.
The PTA assigned three general solutions: contrast marking, moving or removing. Removal was assigned if the pole reduced the width of the walkway to less than 0.9m.
The PTA considered it mandatory to include railings on both sides of stairs and ramps, with contrast markings on the first and last step.