HSL’s trunk route network will expand in August when the new trunk route 200 starts running from Elielinaukio via Leppävaara to Espoon keskus. The new route is based on the current route 235. The new route will provide smoother journeys: passengers can board the buses through all doors, including the middle doors; the buses will have traffic signal priorities, and there will be slightly fewer stops along the route.
The new HSL trunk bus route, 200 (Elielinaukio – Pitäjänmäki – Leppävaara – Karakallio – Jorvi – Espoon keskus), will launch on 10 August. The new route will replace current route 235.
Like on all HSL trunk bus routes, the buses will be colored orange, passengers can board the buses using all doors, including the middle doors, and passengers do not need to show a valid ticket to the driver or card reader. Stops and traffic signal priorities along the route will be improved and more displays will be installed at stops.
The bus will not serve all stops along the route to speed up journey times. Trunk route 200 will serve 32 stops. Compared to the current route 235, the new route will have 12 fewer stops in the direction of Espoo and 10 fewer stops in the direction of Helsinki. The stops to be removed were selected based on passenger numbers and their role as interchanges.
The new trunk route will run Monday to Saturday about 5am to 11pm and on Sundays about 6am to 11pm. During the daytime, the bus will run every 10 minutes, early in the morning, in the evening and on Sundays less frequently.
More new trunk routes will be introduced in the future, in line with HSL’s strategy. Decisions have already been made regarding the following trunk routes:
- Crosstown trunk route in Vantaa, 570 (Mellunmäki – Hakunila – Tikkurila – Airport)
- Trunk route from Eira via Töölö to Munkkivuori and Myyrmäki
- Trunk route 40 from Elielinaukio via Haaga to Kannelmäki
These routes will start in autumn 2021. There are plans to introduce trunk routes from Helsinki city center in the direction of Vihdintie and Hämeenlinnanväylä.