The Jokeri Light Rail Line 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 Line 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 Line 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 Line 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.