Developing public transport

19 April 2007  •  Author(s): Matti Lahdenranta, Managing Director, Helsinki City Transport

The Finnish Capital Region has an efficient transport system. Traffic flows well, thanks in part to effective public transport. The City of Helsinki plays a key role in developing public transport and Helsinki City Transport aims to offer all citizens equal possibilities to travel, creating a base for a sustainable city.

A private car offers good service but only if there is enough capacity on the traffic network. But traffic keeps growing. An old truth all traffic engineers recognise well is that an empty space tends to be filled. This means that more capacity only creates more traffic. It is important to realise that the problem of growing car traffic can not be solved by increasing street capacity, the only sustainable solution is to make public transport more competitive in relation to the private car.

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