The regulations on public transport services were amended at the end of 2009, when the Public Transport Act and the EU regulation on public passenger transport services entered into force. The first transitional period in compliance with the Act came to an end in summer 2014.
The objective of the amended legislation and the transport policy is to provide a comprehensive, integrated public transport service which is easy to use and to, in cooperation with the actors in the field, increase the number of public transport journeys by 200 million journeys by 2022 from the current 530 million annual journeys.
Moreover, the objective is to ensure public transport services at a basic service level in the whole country , and increase the use of public transport in and between urban regions.
The reform also relates to the objective to introduce a national interoperable ticketing system to be used in traffic which has been put to tender. This objective will be met by LMJ who is responsible over the Waltti ticketing and payment system. The use of the ticketing and payment system started gradually in January 2015.
The company TVV joukkoliikenteen lippu- ja maksujärjestelmä Oy is jointly owned by the Finnish Transport Agency, which represents the 9 ELY Centres responsible for organising public transport, and the following 22 cities: Hämeenlinna, Imatra, Joensuu, Jyväskylä, Kajaani, Kokkola, Kotka, Kouvola, Kuopio, Lahti, Lappeenranta, Meri-Lappi, Mikkeli, Oulu, Pori, Rovaniemi, Salo, Savonlinna, Seinäjoki, Tampere, Turku and Vaasa.