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Published on October 22nd, 2013 | by James Ayre

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Kutsuplus — New Personalized Bus Service Takes You Wherever You Want To Go



The Helsinki Regional Transport Authority recently began implementing a rather interesting new public transportation solution — a fully personalized bus service where you choose both pick-up and destination points.

The service — known as Kutsuplus — works something like a cross between a typical city bus service and a taxi service. The pricing is similar — a bit more expensive than a bus, but notably cheaper than a taxi.

Image Credit: Helsinki Transit Authority

Image Credit: Helsinki Transit Authority


The program is pretty simple, for those that want to use it — simply register, put money into your account, and then select your pick-up and destination spots.

TreeHugger has more:

Through a smart phone app, a user can set a departure time just minutes in the future. The app issues a ticket after withdrawing money from the wallet, and draws a walking map to the departure stop.

The heart of Kutsuplus is an algorithm that determines the most direct route for passengers’ requested rides and groups together passengers going in the same general direction. Similar to taxis, the ride price is calculated on a set fee plus per kilometer charge. So for a Kutsuplus ride of three kilometers, the charge would be Euro 3.5 for the base price plus Euro 1.35 for the three kilometers. This is more than a bus ride (which average about 2 – 4 Euros) but less than a taxi.

There are currently only ten Kutsuplus buses in service in Helsinki, but there are plans to roll-out another 35 or so buses sometime in the near future. As the service is still in its pilot phase, the hours are somewhat restricted — the buses operate from around 7:30 am until about 6:30 pm.

As a side note to those considering using service, the buses provide free wifi.

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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy. You can follow his work on Google+.



  • Gwennedd

    I’d definitely use it. I already use transit, but it can take an hour to get somewhere that driving would only take ten minutes to get to. It’s the changing buses that takes so much time; the wait time between buses. I live in a small city and there are only three routes with a wait time of ten minutes to half an hour between routes.

  • JamesWimberley

    This technology has the potential to make public transport much more efficient everywhere. Who wouldn’t share a taxi for half price? It needs a clever central computer, but in the vehicle a smartphone app is enough – and smartphones are becoming common in Third World cities, as jitneys are already.

    • Russell

      Wait till they are electric powered, self drive then talk about cheap!

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