Crosstown services to be improved in 2018, more services for growth areas

In 2018, the biggest changes will be made to crosstown bus services at Pasila level, bus services between Otaniemi and Tapiola, bus network in Herttoniemi and the fastest growing areas around the region. These and other changes to public transport in the Helsinki region are included in HSL’s transport service plan for 2018-2019, approved by the Executive Board of HSL on Tuesday 23 January, with the exception of changes to route 71.

The transport service plan was available for comments online for one month 13 December 2017–7 January 2018, and HSL received nearly 300 comments on the plan.

Almost a third of the comments were about the proposed rerouting of bus 71. The plan proposes that the bus is rerouted to run via Kalasatama Metro Station instead of Sörnäinen Metro Station.  The Executive Board of HSL decided to return the proposal for rerouting bus 71 for revision. Otherwise the Board approved the plan.

Preparing for new crosstown trunk bus services

Crosstown bus services will improve in particular at Pasila level from 13 August 2018, when bus routes 58 and 551 are rerouted.

Bus 58 (future trunk route 500) will continue to run from Munkkivuori to Itäkeskus via Pasila. There are minor changes to the route in Herttoniemi. Route 551 (future trunk route 510) will be extended from Pasila to Herttoniemi, enabling three-minute headways for the two buses between Munkkiniemi, Pasila and Herttoniemi at peak times.

At the same time, the eastern terminus of buses 50 and 59 will be moved to Kalasatama to improve bus links in the new area. In addition, weekend service will be introduced on route 59.  

Crosstown route 506Meilahti-Pasila-Arabia-Viikki-Myllypuro) will start running on Sundays and buses 57 and 560 will run more frequently on Sundays.

Major changes to bus services in Otaniemi and Tapiola due to tunnel construction on Ring Road I

A road closure between Tekniikantie and Tapiolantie will cause major changes to bus services in Otaniemi and Tapiola. The closure is related to tunnel construction on Rind Road I. Trunk route 550 will be rerouted to run from Westendinasema to a new terminus in Keilaniemi. The terminus of route 551 will be moved to Aalto University Metro Station.

Because bus 550 would overlap with bus 555, bus 555 will be rerouted to run between Leppävaara and Martinlaakso. Bus 550 will operate a frequent service between Leppävaara, Otaniemi and Keilaniemi. From Keilaniemi, passengers can continue to Lauttasaari by metro.

A new bus 101 (Lauttasaari (M) – Tapiola (M)) will be introduced to serve Hanasaari. The bus will run every 20 minutes Monday to Friday during the daytime and in the evenings and on weekends every 40 minutes.

Public transport links to new developments and other changes to services

Bus services will extend to new developments around the region. Route 43 will be extended from Hakuninmaa to Kuninkaantammi in June. A new night bus service 87N will start serving Kruunuvuorenranta in Laajasalo in August.

In Southern Helsinki, transport links will improve in August, when bus 17 is rerouted to run from Kallio via Kruununhaka and the Market Square to Eiranranta, with more frequent service. Bus 21 will start running from Lauttasaari via Viiskulma to Eira instead of Erottaja.

In Herttoniemi, feeder buses 80, 82 and 83 will start running more frequently. The terminus of bus 80 will move from the Roihuvuori industrial area to Itäkeskus, enabling a more frequent service between Roihuvuori and Itäkeskus.

In Espoo, transport links to Painiitty, Perusmäki and Niipperi will improve, while in Vantaa, feeder services between Kivistö station and Keimolanmäki will start running more frequently.

There will be no major changes to train services. I, P and K train services will run every 10 minutes until 8.30pm Monday to Friday and Saturdays.

What is a transport service plan?

The annual transport service plan includes the key route and service level changes to be made. The annual plan is valid from the beginning of the coming summer timetable season to the end of the winter timetable season in the following year.

HSL has prepared the plan in cooperation with public transport experts of the municipalities, representatives of school authorities and operators. Residents have been able to participate by commenting on the plans online. The Executive Board of HSL approves the transport service plan. The changes in costs incurred by the plan are based on the financial and operational plan approved by the HSL General Meeting.

This year, HSL received a wealth of feedback on the plan from private persons and residents’ associations. A good deal of the feedback concerned the proposed changes to routes 71 and 21.

On the basis of the feedback, the Executive Board of HSL decided to return the proposal for rerouting bus 71 for revision. The Board approved the route change for bus 21. The change is necessary as the bus will no longer be able to use theterminus on Erottaja and no suitable replacement stop has been found in the vicinity.

Changes taking place in 2018 in a nutshell:

  • Improved crosstown bus services: buses 58 and 551 will run every three minutes on their shared section of route between Munkkiniemi and Herttoniemi, Sunday service will be introduced on route 506, buses 57 and 560 will start running more frequently on Sundays (13 August 2018)
  • Changes to bus services in Otaniemi and Tapiola due to tunnel construction on Ring Road I (18 June 2018)
  • Terminus of buses 50 and 59 will be moved to Kalasatama (13 August 2018)
  • Public transport extended to new developments: route 43 extended to Kuninkaantammi (18 June 2018), new night bus service 87N for Kruununvuorenranta (13 August 2018)
  • In Herttoniemi, feeder bus routes 80, 82 and 83 will start running more frequently (13 August 2018)
  • Tram 1 will start running until 9pm every day (13 August 2018), diversions to some other tram routes due to street works
  • I, P and K trains will start running every 10 minutes until 8.30pm Monday to Friday and Saturdays
  • Summer timetables will run from 18 June 2018, winter timetables from 13 August 2018. In 2019, summer timetables will run from 17 June.

Draft transport service plan (in Finnish)

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