The Finnish Transport Agency (FTA) will be divided into five
departments: traffic systems, maritime, railways, roads, and common
services. A director general is currently being recruited to head the
new organisation. The government believes a single agency will
strengthen the overall transport network, improve safety, and reduce
the adverse environmental effects of transport.
The government has
proposed a Euros 1.5 billion budget for FTA in its first year of
operation, including Euros 299 million for railway infrastructure
maintenance and renewal.
Finland will merge its transport agencies
three months before neighbouring Sweden implements a similar policy,
with the creation of Trafikverket on April 1.