Fewer cars are driving the Reykjavik streets and the number of bus passengers is going up. Car traffic in the Icelandic capital has been decreasing slowly but constantly since the banking crash, after massive expansion in previous years.
According to data from the Icelandic Roads Administration, traffic has decreased in all areas of the country, while the trend was the exact opposite in the economic boom of 2005 and 2006. According to Einar Magnus Magnusson, Roads Administration Project Manager, there are several reasons for the decline in traffic; chief among them high fuel prices and greater temptation to save money by cycling or taking the bus.
Reynir Jonsson, head of Straeto (the Reykjavik bus service), told RUV that passenger numbers on the city buses have increased by around four percent.