Helsinki : Responsible authorities
Opastinsilta 6 A - Po Box 100 - FIN - 00077 Helsinki
Tel : + 358-9-156 1232 - Fax : + 358-9-156 1456
Contact : Suvi Rihtniemi, CEO
Status : Municipal Organisation under Public Law
HSL was established on 17 June 2009 by six founding municipalities Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Kirkkonummi, Kerava and Kauniainen. One new municipality Sipoo joined HSL in 2012. Later on,
the rest of the municipalities in the Helsinki region may join in.
HSL comprises six departments under direct supervision of the Executive Director Suvi Rihtniemi. The departments are: Public Transport Planning, Transport System Planning, Passenger Services and Transport Services, Communications and Marketing Services and Finance and Administration Services.
The highest decision-making body of HSL is the General Meeting to which each member municipality elects its representatives. The voting rights are divided according to the core capital ratio of the member municipalities. The Executive Board of HSL protects the interests of the joint local authority, supervises its management and establishes its operational principles.
Helsinki Regional Transport Authority (HSL) is responsible for the planning and organization of public transport services in its member municipalities, as well as for the preparation of the Helsinki Region Transport System Plan. Helsinki Region Transport develops and provides smooth, reliable transport solutions to customers’ needs. The tasks of HSL comprise planning and organization of public transport in the region, improving operating conditions for public transport, procurement of bus, tram, metro, ferry and commuter train services and preparation of the Helsinki Region Transport System Plan. HSL is also responsible for public transport marketing, passenger information and ticket inspection and approves the fare and ticketing systems as well as ticket prices.
HSL´s goal is to provide its customers with a well-functioning transport system and to ensure that public transport services are of high-quality, cost efficient and reasonably priced. HSL promotes low-emission transport
and is an active force in transport policy.
The total budget of HSL in 2015 is 615 Million Euro, of which ticket revenue accounted for 48.5 percent and municipal contributions for 48.6 percent.