Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency will be an expert agency of about 400 people, concentrating on planning, developing, and maintaining road, rail, and maritime transport infrastructure and on the coordination of transport and land-use. In addition, it will also be responsible for arranging traffic control and winter navigation. FTIA will operate in the planning of transport systems as the primary partner of regional councils, municipalities, urban regions, and other players.
Finnish Transport Agency Director General Kari Wihlman will continue as the Director-General of the agency. “Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency is a strong authority that commissions work from outside contractors. Our annual budget is about two billion euros and the value of the transport route property that we administer is 20 billion euros. Officially we employ more than 12,000 people” says Director-General Kari Wihlman.
The new agency deals with the service level of transport, thus promoting well-being in Finnish society and Finnish business competitiveness. “FTIA's task is to respond efficiently and responsibly to customer needs stemming from changes in transportation and to produce a growth platform for society in the form of a functional and safe infrastructure”, Director General Wihlman explains. “In addition, we do our part to promote development and responsible construction in the infrastructure field.”