Helsinki City Transport (HKL) - Articles and news items

New energy-efficient, low-floor trams heading to Helsinki

Industry news  •  24 October 2016  •  Eurotransport

The Nordic Investment Bank has recently signed a €60 million long-term loan agreement with Helsinki City Transport (HKL) for the purchase of 40 new energy-efficient, low-floor trams…

West Metro – Finland’s biggest infrastructure project

Issue 3 2016  •  20 June 2016  •  Ville Lehmuskoski, CEO of Helsinki City Transport and Matti Kokkinen, CEO of Länsimetro Oy

The West Metro project is the biggest infrastructure project in Finland, extending Helsinki’s metro network to the city of Espoo. In the project’s first phase, eight new stations will be constructed with a further five built during the second phase. The metro will operate on 21km of underground lines in two parallel tunnels constructed through tough rock infrastructure. Ville Lehmuskoski, CEO of Helsinki City Transport and Matti Kokkinen, CEO of Länsimetro Oy, share further information about the project as the first construction phase is due to be completed in August 2016…

Winter Operations supplement

Issue 5 2014, Supplements  •  24 October 2014  •  Christer Olsson, Gabriel Haller, Ollipekka Heikkilä

In our latest-free-to-view Winter Operations Supplement, industry experts from Gothenburg and Helsinki cover details of how transport operators prepare their networks and vehicles for continuous operations during the harsh winter months…

A new tram for Helsinki – designed for demanding conditions

Issue 3 2013  •  3 July 2013  •  Matti Lahdenranta, Managing Director, HKL – Helsinki City Transport

The tram is the main mode of public transport within the Helsinki inner city and approximately 200,000 passengers per day use the extensive network. Helsinki City Transport (HKL) is increasing and modernising its tram fleet over the next five years, as the network will be extended and the oldest tram generation in Helsinki is coming to the end of its life cycle.

From Pantograph to Wheel

Industry news, News  •  26 May 2011  •  Voith Turbo

Helsinki City Transport (HKL) has placed an order with the Finnish vehicle manufacturer Transtech Ltd. for the delivery of 40 new trams…

A clear strategy for the development of public transport in Helsinki

Issue 3 2010, Past issues  •  30 June 2010  •  Matti Lahdenranta, Managing Director, Helsinki City Transport (HKL)

The Helsinki region ranks high in international benchmarking on public transport. It is well-known that an efficient public transport system is a major success factor in large urban regions. People need to get to work, have meetings to attend, go shopping and visit people. Also, corporate and retail transport should flow smoothly, without any unnecessary delays. In order to maintain a good situation in Helsinki, the organising authority and tram and metro service provider – Helsinki City Transport (HKL) – created, in 2004, a public transport vision for 2012 and strategic actions to achieve the goals for 2005-2012. The question is; how has HKL succeeded to make its vision come true?

Developing public transport

Issue 2 2007, Past issues  •  19 April 2007  •  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.