City public transport in Finland – achieving objectives

30 June 2009  •  Author(s): Harri Pursiainen, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport and Communications, Finland

Developing city transport helps combat climate change. It also promotes the competitiveness of the urban regions and improves people’s everyday lives. Together, these objectives require a change to traditional ways of thinking. Solutions to problems should not primarily be sought through large investments in infrastructure that increase vehicle traffic capacity. Instead, we should act so that the need for transport is reduced and transport takes a beneficial course in terms of the environment and traffic congestion.

Passenger transport in the cities is directed towards public transport, walking and cycling. In 2020, 100 million more public transport journeys and 300 million more walking and cycling journeys should be made in Finland than at present, which means increasing the number of such journeys by one fifth. The number of journeys can be increased particularly in the growing urban regions, where conditions are best for public transport and where distances are favourable for walking and cycling.

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