The bus lines undergo changes
The bus and tram traffic are integrated into a seamless and cost-effective package. April 11, 2019 the Tampere Region Public Transport Commission made a decision on the route.
Tramway enables growth and development
The tramway work is changing Tampere’s cityscape and, for example, the city will eventually have a completely new Hämeenkatu. Since the convenient new tram cars can carry three busloads of passengers, it will free up space on main downtown streets and in Hervanta for walking, cycling and hanging out. The reliability of bus traffic will also improve on feeder lines because the bus routes will be shorter. This will make it easier to use electric buses on shorter routes. Public transport that produces lower emissions will improve air quality in Tampere’s busy traffic areas.
The tramway also provides significant indirect emissions reductions by allowing a denser city structure, improving public transport services and making them available to more people.
In addition to providing a new mode of transport, the tramway will connect homes, schools, workplaces and services. An attractive city offers its residents quality services, a pleasant environment and a smooth everyday life with convenient transport.
It will be easy and convenient to connect bus and tram connections with the same ticketing system. Interchanging is made as smooth, safe and easy as possible.
Nysse Lines in August 2021
The new Nysse Lines will be introduced step by step. Some changes are already in use, for instance the new routes in Nokia. Some routes will be put into service in the beginning of the summer season 2021, and all the new routes are brought into use in August 2021.
The committee of Tampere Regional Public Transport will determine the quantity of the services, for instance of the time table structure for each line. The service level for the summer traffic season 2021 will be decided on 16th December and for the winter traffic season on 27th January. There will also be several changes in the line numbers.
The timetables will be published in spring.
The principles of the new lines
The new lines embody the principles assigned to it. These are the accessibility of the Tampere city center, minimizing overlapping lines and having efficient line transfers. In addition the line numbers and many stop names were changed to be more logical. The lines will continue to develop as the tram network is expanded in the Seuturatikka project.
Accessible city center
Hämeenkatu gradually was changed to be reserved for pedestrians, cycling and public transport during 2014-2018. As the tramway starts operating the bus traffic in city center is reduced. The street space in Hämeenkatu is limited – the streets cannot handle more buses but there is enough passengers for multiple shifts. Ratikka fits 264 passengers whereas one bus can transport 90 passengers at a time. With a frequent amount of bus arrivals, the city center is more easily accessible. This leads to the level of service and travel comfort increasing significantly.
The lines have been built to be cost-effective and they take regional needs into account. overlapping direct service lines to municipal centers have been removed and partially replaced with lines with transfers. Bus lines are in service for the movement between regional centers and neighborhoods. Part of the lines still continue their route to the city center, part of them have good transfer routes to the tram or another bus line during the busiest traveling times.
Traveling on tracks is comfortable safe and rush-free. Travels can involve both tram and bus trips, same tickets can be used on both forms of travel. Switching between means of transport is made as easy as possible. In central transfer stops switching forms of travel is accessible and protected from the weather, and the street does not always have to be crossed. Timetables are designed in the manner that the changeover time means of transport are as short as possible. Switching may at first seem difficult but for some it is already a daily activity.
In 2021, the stops between bus lines will no longer focus solely on the Keskustori or Koskipuisto stops. The construction focused on the east side of the rapids will also take bus lines near the new destinations. For example, the service in the Ratina area has been developed alongside changes in the cityscape.
The new line numbering is based on the service level of the lines. The busiest lines receive line codes 1-10. Slightly less frequent services are operated with codes 11-29. Lines 30-39 are complementary or transverse connections. Line codes 40-49 are reserved for Kangasala, Lempäälä and Vesilahti 50-59, Valkeakoski 60-69, Nokia 70-79, Ylöjärvi 80-89 and Teisko-Aitolahti area and Orivesi 90-99. Buses with three numbers are assigned to events or buses that run during special periods.
Thanks for those who contributed to the design
The line was planned at the beginning of 2018 together with the residents of the traffic areas. The drafts of the line have been available on Nysse's website and ideas have been exchanged about them both online and face-to-face, for example in meetings of regional networks. Based on the cooperation, a final route plan was created, which was approved by the Public Transport Board in April 2019.
The co-operation continues with the development of the line. We welcome ideas and thoughts about our service and the functionality of the line.