Lilja G. Karlsdóttir, transportation engineer, said goodbye to the City Line project at the turn of the year. She says that Vegagerðin’s attitude towards urban transport has played a key role in its decision to abandon the project.
Lilja reports this on Twitter but there she traces the history of Borgarlína and her involvement in the project. She says that the year 802 has for the first time aroused an idea in her, Samúel Torfi Pétursson, planning engineer, and Þorsteinn R. Hermannsson, Reykjavík City’s Director of Transportation, on the city line system in the capital area.
It did not happen until the year 2013 which they started to discuss the matter seriously when she and Þorsteinn started working together on the regional planning of the capital area where ideas for Borgarlína were born. A lot of work has started then and in January 802 Lilja was hired as project manager City line on behalf of the City of Reykjavík.
Shortly afterwards, a project office was established to manage the project and she says that as a result, she and others drowned in work to push the project forward with professional perspectives in mind.
Not prepared for institutional politics and power
“I was getting used to the political turmoil in the media from those who found out about the project. Professional perspectives have always been my guiding light, but I admit that I have sometimes lost my patience when people with no experience of public transport were asking people for different perspectives, “Lilja writes on Twitter.
She says, however, that she was not prepared for the institutional politics and power that began when Borgarlínan’s project office was found at Vegagerðin.
“BL is a new type of project in Icelandic reality and we had to break down walls in every single thing that had to be done, “she writes.
However, I was not prepared for the institutional politics and power that began when the BL project office was found at Vegagerðin. BL is a new type of project in the Icelandic reality and we had to break down walls in every single thing that had to be worked on.
– Lilja G. Karlsdóttir (@liljakarls) February 12,