Jokeri Light Rail – new opportunities
Jokeri Light Rail line will be built between Itäkeskus in Helsinki and Keilaniemi in Espoo. The final terminus of the Jokeri light rail line will be sited adjacent to the metro station in Keilaniemi, Espoo. Jokeri Light Rail will make Aalto University and the Otaniemi Science Park easier to reach. The light rail will replace trunk bus line 550, which is the busiest bus line in the Helsinki region. 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.
According to the preliminary estimate, construction will commence in 2019. Jokeri Light Rail is expected to start operation in the early 2020s.
|Illustration: Hanna Kiema
Jokeri Light Rail will increase the reliability, capacity and passenger comfort of transverse public transport. In addition, the capital region will receive a completely new form of transportation: light rail. Jokeri Light Rail will, for the most part, operate in its own lane with traffic signal priority, and its trams can be operated in two directions. Smooth operation will also be promoted by having the stops located more sparsely than along the tramways in inner Helsinki.
There will be approximately two million residents and over a million jobs in the capital region in 2050. The goal is to steer the increased mobility resulting from the population growth into sustainable modes of transport: public transport, walking and cycling.
New housing and workplaces are planned to be built along the Jokeri Light Rail line in Itäkeskus, Myllypuro, Viikki, Oulunkylä, Maunula, Haaga, Pitäjänmäki, Perkkaa, Otaniemi and Keilaniemi, among other areas. Constructing housing and services along the Jokeri Light Rail route is advantageous and complies with the principles of sustainable development. Thanks to the proximity of services and the fast light rail, residents will have less need to use their own car.
Implementation with the Alliance Model
Jokeri Light Rail will be implemented with the alliance model. This means that the client organization formed by the cities of Helsinki and Espoo will be combined into one organization, together with the planners and the implementers. The planners are Ramboll Finland, Sitowise and VR Track. YIT and VR Track are the constructors of the line. The parties to the alliance will design and construct the track together, sharing the risks and benefits related to the project’s implementation.
For more information please visit the project’s website