Jokeri Light Rail

The Jokeri Light Rail from Itäkeskus to Keilaniemi via Pitäjänmäki and Leppävaara is currently one of the key projects for orbital cross-region public transport and a key measure in improving the service level of sustainable transport modes. Currently a similar cross-region service is operated by trunk bus line 550, the busiest bus service in the region.

It’s been estimated that about 102 000 people will be using the Jokeri Light Rail during one weekday in 2040. Today 30 000 people a day travel by trunk bus line 550.

The planned length of the line is approximately 25 km (15.5 miles), of which 16 km will be in Helsinki and the remaining 9 km in Espoo. The line will have 33 stops. Most of the track will be on dedicated rights of way. In order to ensure reliable operation and accurate journey times, which are among the key objectives of the project, Jokeri vehicles will get priority over other road traffic at all junctions controlled by traffic signals.

The City Councils in Helsinki and Espoo approved the construction of the Jokeri Light Rail in June 2016. The aim is to start the construction work of the line in 2019.

Today approximately 82,000 people live in the vicinity of the future rail line; that number is estimated to go up to 112,000 in 20 years. The Raide-Jokeri Light Rail enables a great deal of increased density and in-fill construction near the tracks for example in Myllypuro, Roihupelto, Viikki, Oulunkylä, Maunula, Haaga and Pitäjänmäki.

Alliance Model

The Jokeri Light Rail is delivered with the alliance model. Alliance model is a practice where different parties – the client, designers and contractors – are integrated into joint organisation.

Shaping models of an alliance organisation are early integration, mutual targets, contract and mutual commercial model, shared risks and benefits and mutual development phase.

The operating principles of an alliance organisation are working for the best for the project, building trust and continuous improvement.

The Jokeri Light Rail alliance project is executed as consecutive development phase (11/2017-12/2018) and implementation phase (1/2019- ). During the development phase, the contractual parties plan the contents and execution of the project together and define its target cost and incentive system. As the development phase ends, the client will decide execution of the investment and on transition to the implementation phase. The development and implementation phases will have own contracts.