The West Metro will cause changes to the bus routes in South Espoo and Lauttasaari. The Metro will also affect services in areas around the coastal rail line in Espoo and Kauniainen as well as bus services in Lehtisaari and Kuusisaari in Helsinki. There will be changes also to the bus routes in Veräjälaakso, Länsi-Pakila and Maunula.
The West Metro will provide a strong trunk connection from South Espoo via Lauttasaari to the center of Helsinki and East Helsinki. When the Metro services begin, regional bus routes operating to Kamppi along Länsiväylä are withdrawn because the services would overlap with the Metro. Bus services in South Espoo and Lauttasaari will be mainly feeder services and, for example, journeys to the downtown Helsinki will in the future be made by bus and metro. An increasing number of city internal journeys will also be made by rail. The key feeder terminals will be constructed in Tapiola and Matinkylä.
The aim of the feeder bus route network plan has been simplify the route network and make if more efficient. This includes decreasing the number of routes and route versions. The aim is to provide public transport services to stops and streets with reasonable walking distances.
A wealth of comments on the draft plan
The draft plan was presented online at hsl.fi and at four residents’ meetings between 9 January and 2 February 2014.HSL received 1,707 comments on the plan online. Also the lively discussions at the residents' meetings provided a wealth of feedback.
The comments and feedback were analyzed and assessed. The Executive Board of HSL discussed the plan in spring 2014.
Before and during planning
Before the planning of the bus network begun, HSL collected initial data to be used in the planning. In addition to the usual land use and infrastructure development outlooks and current public transport use, HSL studied residents’ travel habits with a map-based travel survey.
A blog was opened for the West Metro feeder bus network plan, where people have been able to follow the planning process and comment on it.