HSL’s travel time map helps you to choose the best place to live or place your business in terms of transport
HSL has released a test version of travel time maps that can be used e.g. for finding the best location for home or business in the Helsinki region. “You can mark on the map the workplaces, schools and leisure venues of all family members, and find out what would be the best place to live in order to optimize your travel. Businesses can utilize the maps to plan the location of their activities. The graphical maps depict travel times by public transport, bicycle or on foot," tells Senior Planner Tarja Jääskeläinen.
The map uses colors to depict how far you can get from the chosen departure points by different modes of travel. The map is calculated at the user’s computer on the basis of timetables used in the Journey Planner. The service finds the fastest routes from the given places at exactly the given times, which means that the results vary with time and day of the week.
HSL’s travel time map application has been created by Busfaster Oy. The maps are available at http://mak.hsl.fi/. The service is available in Finnish. At the moment, the service can be used with the following browsers: Chrome, Firefox, IE9, Opera and Safari.
Benefits of journey optimization
Shorter commuting and personal business journeys save not only your time and money but they also benefit the environment and society at large. Some one fourth of the greenhouse emissions produced by the Helsinki metropolitan area residents are from transport. According to HSL's Extensive Traffic Survey, the residents of the Helsinki region commuting area spend on average about 70 minutes traveling per weekday. By chaining and combining your journeys you can reduce the time spent traveling.