The students and staff of the University of Eastern Finland are able to continue to travel between Joensuu and Kuopio early in the morning. On December 4, 2018 Savonlinja bus company announced that it will restore the inter-city departures: departure 6.15 from Joensuu and 6.20 from Kuopio.
On 14 November 2018, Savonlinja announced that it would close several public transport operations from the beginning of next year. This also included the early morning departures between Kuopio and Joensuu. On December 3, 2018, the University of Eastern Finland (UEF) and the Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY) made a statement in favor of keeping the early morning departures.