The next new services to be introduced include a mobile app and a mobile season ticket.
Helsnki Region Transport HSL will introduce a new version of the popular Journey Planner on 15 February. The new Journey Planner has been designed in particular for mobile users because most of the 150,000 daily users of the planner access the service using a mobile device. The service works on all mobile devices. The test version of the new Journey Planner is already available at beta.reittiopas.fi.
The new Journey Planner is the first in a series of new digital services to be introduced. This year, Helsinki Region Transport HSL will upgrade its website at HSL.fi, as well as develop a new HSL application and a mobile season ticket. The Journey Planner will become an integral part of HSL.fi and the HSL app.
Location services and real-time information
Location services are the key to the Journey Planner’s new features. Location services allow users to see on one map the nearby stops, the services available and timetables. This means that regular users do not necessarily have to make any searches. When the user’s location is known, route searches can be made simply by entering the destination.
The Journey Planner now offers passengers various alternatives – i.e. not just the same route at different times. Once the new ticketing and information system has been installed in all HSL’s vehicles, the Journey Planner will provide real-time information about buses, commuter trains, trams and the Metro.
During the spring, also city bikes will be included. The Journey Planner will show in real-time, how many bikes are available at a station and, for example, when it is faster to use a bike than to wait for a tram.