The Story of Lahti

The Lahti region is exploiting the opportunities provided by travel-chain thinking. Lahti is conducting several projects to support combined and sustainable mobility in the Lahti Region. Traffic arrangements are being constantly improved based on feedbacks from residents.

Cutting emissions is our mission

Traffic is the second largest emissions source in Lahti and traffic related emissions have increased by over 17% in three decades. To fight this, the Lahti Region is challenging the traditional way of travelling and encouraging an overall shift towards a sustainable transportation system. Lahti is one of the first cities in Finland to draft a sustainable urban transport programme in cooperation with a broad base of stakeholders and residents.

Smart city mobility allows residents to choose a carefree, emissions-free and cost-effective way of travelling. Efficient transportation management in the Lahti Region means easy route planning, smooth travel chains and green logistics.

Organisations’ partner projects are focused on developing experimental business ideas or pilots to showcase smart transport and mobility solutions. Each mobility project has a clear focus on environmental, social and economic value creation.

Lahti’s public transport system underwent a major change when it was overhauled and transformed into a web-based model in 2014. Nowadays, 87% of the city’s buses are low emission buses. Having opened in 2015, the Travel Centre combines railway and bus transportation and related services for a smooth interchange between different modes of transport in the city centre.


We are challenging the traditional way of travelling and encouraging an overall shift towards a sustainable transportation system


Advanced technology supports sustainable traffic and parking

Future-oriented mobility and transportation solutions and zero-emissions traffic are supported in the development of the city. Biofuel production, e-traffic development and robot parking are some examples of the mobility and transportation solutions developed in the region.

The proportion of alternative-fuel vehicles using locally produced biofuels is also increasing. Local biowaste – especially bakery and brewery leftovers – are turned into biofuel for traffic use.

Smart traffic development also means turning from using traditional vehicles to their electric and automated counterparts instead. Currently, 90% of Lahti’s home care employees make customer visits using electric cars. Read more about mobility and transportation development underway and about how open data is being exploited in public transportation.

Locally produced biofuels, e-traffic development and open data exploitation represent the new era of transportation and mobility

Top cycling cities in Finland

The number of journeys made by bike has increased six-fold compared to the 1990s. One more point to add to our list of environmental achievements. The aim is now to double the amount of cycling in the near future.

Lahti starts experimenting with a personal carbon trading scheme for residents as they move around the city and builds a main cycle route utilising smart solutions in the city centre.

To promote cycling and walking, the City has built traffic-free cycling and pedestrian routes, developed seamless journeys and created a safe and pleasant travel environment. Finland’s first two-tier bicycle racks for public bicycle parking were built next to the bicycle tunnel of the Travel Centre.


Lahti starts experimenting with a personal carbon trading scheme for residents as they move around the city

Some of the largest logistics companies in Finland have settled in Lahti


Relocating or driving through? Make the most of the unbeatable location and connections of the Lahti Region! Fast motorway and rail connection to international markets have created a major logistics centre in the Lahti region.

The new Southern Ring Road, due for completion in 2021, will improve horizontal logistics, especially for heavy traffic, and free up land for smarter use.




The mobility of tomorrow? We predict that…

  • Mobility will be based on walking, biking, sharing and services. Traffic services will be an essential part of everyday life in the future.
  • Leaps in technology, e.g. non-motorised modes of transport and fully automated pilots take the lead.
  • In businesses bits are moving more and more, people and materials less.
  • Shuttle services and non-stop area-based modes of transport are available in growing business and residential areas.
  • Hourly rented vehicles and Rent-a-park services are at our disposal daily.
  • Smarter routing means cleaner urban areas.


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