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EUR 39 million in government transfers awarded to public transport – Half aimed at promoting cleaner fleets

The Finnish Transport and Communications Agency Traficom has awarded approximately EUR 39 million in discretionary government transfers for public transport to 19 competent public transport authorities in Finland. In addition to annual basic subsidies, discretionary government transfers have been awarded for climate-based measures and public transport measures in accordance with land use, housing and transport (MAL) agreements. Climate-based discretionary government transfers promote the implementation and operation of clean public transport fleets, especially electric buses.

Traficom has awarded approximately EUR 39.1 million in discretionary government transfers for public transport to competent authorities in Finland. This year, the transfers were not awarded for loss of transport ticket income due to the COVID-19 pandemic in contrast to the two previous years.

“Even though public transport has experienced significant financial challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic in recent years, it is wonderful that the use of clean power sources, especially electric buses, is growing rapidly. The number of passengers has also exceeded pre-pandemic figures at times," says Special Adviser Toni Bärman.

As a rule, discretionary government transfers for public transport are awarded for public transport procurement. The MAL agreements valid in seven regions strongly steer the allocation of these transfers. The first agreement periods of the MAL agreements are scheduled to end in 2023, and the preparations for new agreements are already under way.

Number of electric buses grows rapidly – Mostly in the Helsinki region

Climate-based discretionary government transfers for public transport have been used to support the authorities that have started using clean power sources in public transport. The number of electric buses, in particular, has increased considerably. In 2023, the number of line kilometres operated with electric buses, i.e. performance, will be approximately 20% of the total performance of all authorities that received discretionary government transfers for public transport.

“The largest number of electric buses operate in the Helsinki region, where their performance accounts for roughly one fourth of bus transport. The first Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY Centres) to start electric bus transport are the South Ostrobothnia and Southwest Finland ELY Centres, which were just awarded support," Bärman says.

Climate-based funding is also directed towards public transport marketing campaigns to promote the use of public transport.

HSL5 320 000 € 3 500 000 € 6 977 000 € 239 500 € 16 036 500 € 
Tampere2 123 000 € 1 400 000 €  35 000 €3 558 000 € 
Turku1 874 000 € 1 190 000 € 413 000 € 47 500 € 3 524 500 € 
Oulu1 433 000 € 912 000 €   2 345 000 € 
Hämeenlinna680 000 € 271 000 €  951 000 €
Joensuu750 000 €  134 000 €  884 000 € 
Jyväskylä1 220 000 € 1 000 000 €  60 100 € 2 280 100 € 
Kotka630 000 €  442 000 € 15 000 € 1 087 000 € 
Kouvola590 000 €    590 000 € 
Kuopio1 080 000 € 1 000 000 €   2 080 000 € 
Lahti1 455 000 € 1 000 000 €  30 000 € 2 485 000 € 
Lappeenranta530 000 €  44 000 € 35 000 € 609 000 € 
Pori810 000 €  245 000 €  1 055 000 € 
Vaasa620 000 €  494 000 €  1 114 000 € 
Hyvinkää  73 000 €  73 000 € 
Savonlinna  159 000 €  159 000 € 
Kajaani   18 500 € 18 500 €  

Southern
Ostrobothnia
ELY Centre

  79 000 €  79 000 € 

Southwest
Finland ELY
Centre

  169 000 €   
Total19 115 000 € 10 002 000 € 9 500 000 € 480 600 € 39 097 600 € 

 

Enquiries

Toni Bärman, Special Adviser, tel. +358 29 534 6764, toni.barman@traficom.fi