Vantaa Light Rail

A 3D photo of Vantaa light rail car driving on Tasetie street in Aviapolis, besides Jumbo shopping center, in evening time. The inner lights of the car glow in the dark evening. Photo: WSP Finland.

Vantaa is planning on building a light rail to connect the easternmost areas of Hakunila and Länsimäki into rail traffic and create a flexible connection to Tikkurila, Jumbo shopping center, Aviapolis, and Helsinki Airport. Detailed planning of the light rail route and its environs is going on, and the residents can participate in the planning.

The general plan of Vantaa Light Rail was completed in 2019. The city council decided that planning of the light rail will be continue. Further planning started in fall 2020, and it will devise street and park plans as well as local detailed plans that enable building of the light rail. In addition, a disposition plan to dictate urban development along the route will be devised.

The light rail is a significant investment into Vantaa’s future. It will have a leading role to play in stimulating the economy, since it will bring about new jobs and new business prospects along public transport connections. The light rail route will establish the most important growth channel of the city, and it is forecast to bring about 37,000 new residents and 30,000 jobs. Vantaa Light Rail also constitutes a fixed part of the light rail network evolving in the Helsinki metropolitan area.

Vantaa Light Rail in a nutshell

A graphic map which presents the route of Vantaa Light rail from Mellunmäki, Helsinki, via Länsimäki, Hakunila, Tikkurila, Jumbo shopping center, and Aviapolis to Helsinki Airport. Designer of the map: Kari Tervo.
  • Route: Mellunmäki-Länsimäki-Hakunila-Tikkurila-Jumbo-Aviapolis-Airport
  • Route length: 19.3 kilometers (500 m in Helsinki)
  • Average distance between stops: 800 meters
  • Maximum speed: 70 km/h
  • Average speed (incl. stops): 25 km/h
  • Headway: 5 minutes during rush hours, otherwise 10-20 minutes
  • Service hours: 04:30-01:30
  • Passenger capacity per car: 150
  • Projected number of passengers in 2030: about 82 000 per day

Planning process and participation

Planning the light rail takes place on three parallel levels: street and park planning; local detailed plans; and disposition plan. Residents and parties concerned will be offered possibilities of participating and influencing planning of the light rail, to the extent possible.

In December 2020, four regional online events will be arranged to present the planning progress, as well as topical urban development in each area. The language of the presentations is Finnish. Because of the coronavirus situation, the events will take place as Microsoft Teams live meetings as follows:

In addition to the events, an online survey is open for collecting views and ideas related to planning the streets and art along the light rail route. The survey is in Finnish and it is open until January 15, 2021. More instructions for both the survey and the public events are available in Finnish at: osallistuvavantaa.fi.

Residents and parties concerned can also personally discuss with the light rail planners. The planners respond to email messages at: ratikka@vantaa.fi.

They also answer over the phone at Vantaa Info’s urban environment customer service (in Finnish), tel. 09 8392 2242, at the following times:

  • Wed., Dec. 9, 2020, at 14:00-16:00
  • Wed., Dec. 16, 2020, at 14:00-16:00
  • Thurs., Jan. 14, 2020, at 11:00-13:00

At other times, Vantaa Info’s customer service representants will answer the calls.

In addition, the project can be followed on Facebook and Instagram.

Other light rail lines

In addition to Vantaa Light Rail, the city is also making preparations for other possible light rail lines. For example, the draft of new local master plan includes light rail connections from Jumbo shopping center towards Helsinki and from Pakkala towards Myyrmäki. Preparations are also made for transforming the current bus line 560 into a light rail line.