HLJ - Helsinki Region Transport System Plan

A well-functioning transport system ensures seamless and diverse mobility options as well as good transport links for business and industry.

The development of the Helsinki region transport system improves the competitiveness and wellbeing of the growing metropolitan area and helps to create a more coherent urban structure.

The transport system plan currently in force, HLJ 2015, is the second plan that covers all 14 municipalities in the Helsinki region.

The preparation of the Helsinki Region Transport System Plan HLJ 2015 was closely linked to the Helsinki Region Land Use, Housing and Transport cooperation (MAL) and regional land use planning.

What is transport system planning?

The transport system covers mobility as a whole: the entire mobility environment with its various modes of transport - walking, cycling, public transport, private motoring and freight traffic. Instead of focusing on individual projects, transport system planning considers the whole picture and the impacts of different combinations of measures on mobility and trends in traffic.   

Transport system planning is long-term planning. For example, the Helsinki Region Transport System Plan HLJ 2015 outlines the future transport system up to 2040. The transport system plan creates the framework; details are decided in conjunction with other plans and the implementation.

The preparation of the Helsinki Region Transport System Plan is based on the Act on Cooperation Between Municipalities in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area in Waste Management and Public Transport (829/2009). According to the Act, the municipalities in the metropolitan area collaborate on transport system and public transport planning.

According to the Regional Development Act, transport system planning is at the responsibility of Regional Councils, with the exception of Helsinki region where the task is assigned to HSL.

The transport system plan takes a stand on regional transport policy and aims to influence mobility options; the competitiveness of walking, cycling and public transport can be improved and the integration of transport and land use deepened by developing the urban structure, transport network and services. As the Helsinki region is at the hub of national and international transport links in Finland, the performance of the region’s transport system is important for the country as a whole.