Ministry of Transport wants to open urban transport to competition
A proposal to transition towards a market-based public transport system in Greater Helsinki has received a lukewarm response from regional bus operators. The proposal would effectively allow private bus operators to provide services the routes, fares and timetables of which do not comply with the procurement regulations of the Helsinki Region Transport (HSL). The Finnish Bus and Coach Association has lobbied particularly intensely for the reform.
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The Ministry of Transport and Communications has similarly voiced its reservations about the legislative reform. The timing of the reform, for example, remains a question that has yet to be resolved by senior ministry officials, according to ministerial adviser Mikael Nyberg.