Passenger numbers on Helsinki region public transport continue to increase

HSL’s Interim Report 1/2012

Both public transport passenger numbers and ticket revenue have
been on an upward trend in early 2012. In January – April, the
number of passengers totaled 105.5 million, an increase of 3.8% on
the previous year. In 2011, the passenger numbers increased by 2.8
percent to some 336 million. HSL monitors passenger numbers on
buses, trams, the Metro and Suomenlinna ferry. Commuter train
passengers numbers for early 2012 are not yet available.

“HSL’s aim is to increase not only the passenger numbers but
also the modal share of public transport. The number of journeys
made by car continues to increase in particular in the neighboring
municipalities, which means that an increase of a few percent in
the passenger numbers does not make much difference in the number
of vehicles on roads," says the Executive Director of HSL, Suvi
Rihtniemi.

In 2012, ticket revenue is estimated to amount to EUR 271.2
million. HSL’s total operating income is estimated to be EUR 564.3
million, of which ticket revenue accounts for 48.1% and municipal
contributions for 49.2%. The income forecast exceeds the budget by
EUR 3.1 million. HSL’s operating income consists of ticket revenue,
municipal contributions, penalty fares, State subsidies and rental
income.

Public transport operating costs account for 78.7% of HSL’s
operating expenses. In 2012,  the operating costs are estimated to
amount to EUR 440.9 million, of which the costs by mode of
transport are as follows: bus services EUR 297 million; train
services EUR 66 million; Metro services EUR 24.6 million; tram
services EUR 48.5 million; and ferry services EUR 4.2 million.

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