The new North East Helsinki bus network will be launched in August 2017. The aim of the reorganization of the routes is to create a network that better meets the current travel needs.
The existing bus network in North East Helsinki dates back to about 20 years when the Tikkurila city rail link was opened and train services between Helsinki and Tikkurila were increased. However, the bus network does not meet today’s needs in the best possible way: on some of the routes, passenger numbers are low and it is difficult to provide regular headways.
Two major changes are taking place this year that will significantly affect North East Helsinki. When the Ring Rail Line opens, main line train service increase and trains will run even more frequently also outside peak times to Malmi and Puistola. In addition, a new frequently running trunk bus route 560 (Vuosaari-Myyrmäki) will start running via Malmi station providing a new transfer link to East Helsinki from 10 August 2015.
We have strived to plan the route network so that it would provide convenient transport links from North East Helsinki to the city center and would also provide feeder services to train and Metro stations as well as serve journeys within North-East Helsinki. The aim has been to provide regular headways and frequent service on the joint route sections of certain routes.
Completion of the plan
HSL started the planning of the bus network in autumn 2014. Residents were able to follow the progress of the planning on a blog. In addition, HSL held three residents' meetings to present the plan and get feedback on it.
The first draft of the plan was published just before Christmas 2014.A second draft revised on the basis of a wealth of feedback received on the first version was published on 5 February 2015.Some minor changes were made to the second draft but the feedback received on the second draft was vastly more positive than the comments on the first draft. HSL Executive Board approved the plan on 26 May 2015.
Route 57 is extended from Latokartano to Kontula.
Bus 68 is rerouted to run via Kustaa Vaasan tie and Lahdenväylä until Koskela intersection to provide faster journey times. The bus will no longer serve Arabia.
Bus 69 is rerouted in the city center: the terminus of the route will be in Kamppi instead of Elielinaukio. This change will take place in autumn 2015 because construction works on the city center library will reduce the space available for buses around Töölönlahti. In addition, the route 69 is extended from Malmi via Sepänmäki and Alppikylä to Jakomäki.
Route 70T is renumbered 70 and the route changes so that it starts to run via Pukinmäki and Malmi Hospital to Malmi instead of Suutarila. The route will run only Monday to Friday.
Route 71 is extended from Savela to Malmi station. During peak hours, every other service will be operated under route number 71B between Rautatientori and Viikki.
The terminus of route 72 will move from Erätie to Siltamäki. In addition, route 72V will operate to Tapanila sports center during peak hours.
Route 74 will no longer serve Arabia; the bus will run along Kustaa Vaasan tie to Lahdenväylä. In addition, the route will not serve Sepänmäki, instead the bus will run via Malmi station. Route 74 will also serve Puistola station and its terminus will be in Heikinlaakso. Route 74 will replace the current feeder service 76A/B in Tapanila.
Bus 75 is rerouted to run along Lahdenväylä to Jakomäki, i.e. the bus will not serve Pihlajamäentie and Tattariharjuntie.
Bus 77 is rerouted to run along Pihlajamäentie and Tattariharjuntie. In Jakomäki, the bus will no longer run via Jakomäentie because bus 75 goes there.
Route 79 is extended from Malmi via Siltamäki and Suutarila to Puistola station and it will replace the current routes 70(T), 75A and 77A. From Malmi, the bus will run from Kirkonkyläntie via Tapaninvainiontie and Suutarilantie to Siltamäki. The journey time will shorten by several minutes. During peak hours, there will also be route 79B, Siilitie (M)–Latokartano.
According to the West Metro feeder route network plan, the current route 506 will be divided into two in 2016 and route 506 will run between Viikki and Meilahti. Route 506 is extended from Viikki via Latokartanonkaari to Myllypuro.
Route 554 is replaced by new routes 553 (Leppävaara-Maunula-Malmi-Hakunila) and 561B (Itäkeskus-Malmi-Siltamäki-Töyrynummi-Tapaninkylä).
Routes 75A, 76A, 76B and 77A are withdrawn and replaced by the above mentioned route changes.
Night bus network will be adjusted to correspond the daytime routes.
Why the plan?
- The completion of the Ring Rail Line changes train services in 2015: trains run more frequently on the city rail link between Helsinki and Tikkurila and, for example, the Helsinki-Vantaa Airport can be accessed by train.
- In August 2015, a new trunk bus route 560 Rastila(M) – Vuosaari(M) – Mellunmäki(M) – Kontula(M) – Malmi – Paloheinä – Kuninkaantammi – Myyrmäki will start running.
- On some routes, the number of passengers is very low, on others passenger number have substantially increased
- Population is growing in new residential area such as Viikinmäki and Alppikylä
- The tram network is changing.
- New residential and employment areas (e.g. Kalasatama and Central Pasila) are changing travel needs.