HSL’s Executive Director Suvi Rihtniemi welcomes Siuntio.
“Residents of Siuntio will be able to travel in all eight HSL municipalities with one ticket,” says Rihtniemi. "In addition, HSL will offer Siuntio its expertise in the planning and procurement of public transport."
Ensuring the continuity of commuter train services is the main reason for Siuntio’s decision to join HSL. According to the latest information available, 45 per cent of the working population in Siuntio commute to the Helsinki metropolitan area. Up to 44 per cent of journeys to Helsinki are made by train. HSL has organized commuter train services between Siuntio and Helsinki since spring 2016.
“HSL brings reliability and long-term stability to the management of transport services. This affects people’s decisions on where to live,” says the Municipal Manager of Siuntio, Juha-Pekka Isotupa. “I believe that in the long-term the service level of public transport will also improve.”
With just over 6,000 residents, Siuntio will be the smallest HSL municipality.