public transit

Jan 31 '17 09:50

Amsterdam municipal transport company GVB is starting the process of going cashless. From Tuesday travelers can no longer pay with cash on night buses, the first step in completely cashless public transit in the Dutch capital. GVB is working with other public transit companies in the region to achieve this goal, Het Parool reports.

NS trains
Jan 19 '17 13:00

Travelers association Rover received nearly 7 thousand complaints about the new NS train schedule since it was implemented on December 11th. That is almost five times more than the usual level of complaints, the association said in Trouw on Thursday.

Rover set up a special hotline for complaints about the new schedule. So far about 3,500 complaints were lodged at that hotline. Another 3,300 complaints came in via the Rover website about overcrowded trains. And the complaints keep streaming in. In a normal month, Rover gets about 1,500 complaints in a normal month. 

Passengers cram on a bus from Amsterdam Central to Sloterdijk, Amsterdam power outage 17 Jan 2017
Jan 17 '17 11:09

across the Netherlands are expected to last the rest of the day, NS warns. The problems were caused by a this morning.

Jan 12 '17 10:30

Allow students to travel with their student public transit cards every day of the week, calls D66 parliamentarian Paul van Meenen. According to him, it will mean that trains will be much quieter on Monday mornings and Friday afternoons, Metro Nieuws reports.

Jan 10 '17 15:30

Public transit operators in the Netherlands are taking concrete steps to go cashless this year. RET, which operates the Rotterdam subway network, is already upgrading all its turnstiles to accept more payment options than just th public transport card. Within a matter of months, Rotterdam travelers will be able to pay with their mobile phones, director Pedro Peters said in his new year's speech on Tuesday, AD reports.

Jan 10 '17 08:35

No train traffic is possible to and from Roosendaal on Tuesday morning. A short circuit caused by an electrical fire in a substation means that there is no electricity on the overhead, according to ProRail.

Taxi
Jan 9 '17 10:36

Striking taxi drivers in Amsterdam blocked access to the taxi stand on the west side of Amsterdam Central Station on Monday, which means that travelers can not take a taxi from the station. The drivers are tired of the endless new rules from the municipality of Amsterdam, a spokesperson said to NOS.

According to the spokesperson, the problems started when the municipality moved the taxi stand from the front to the back of the station. "We lost almost 60 percent of our customers", he said. People don't know where to find the taxis. "Even the toilet signs are better clarified."

Oct 31 '16 09:19

Train travelers in Amsterdam may have to deal with cancelled or delayed trains during the evening rush hour on Monday. NS expects "possible disruptions" due to striking train drivers and conductors from 5:00 p.m. on Monday.

The train drivers and conductor will hold a meeting at Amsterdam Central Station starting at 5:00 p.m. They will not work during this meeting. It is as yet unclear how many train drivers will be taking part in the strike, and therefore the possible consequences are also not clear. 

Oct 26 '16 09:44

NS, public transporters, unions and government parties teamed up to set up an actioin plan aimed at reducing violent incidents on public transport. The intention is to reduce the number of incidents by 20 percent by 2018, according to the Telegraaf.

The plan includes improving the share of information about perpetrators, extra surveillance and extra security staff with additional powers, according to the newspaper.

Oct 25 '16 12:49

On Monday KLM cabin crew members will strike for 10 minutes before ach flight, according to union FNV. These labor actions started at 5:00 a.m. and will continue throughout Monday until 11:00 p.m. The cabin crew members are demanding that KLM not , ANP reports.

Oct 25 '16 12:48

Antisocial passengers are causing more and more problems on planes, according to th Environment and Transport Inspectorate. In the first three quarters of this year the Inspectorate received 723 reports of antisocial behavior. That is the same number as in all of 2015, AD reports.

The most common problems are smoking in the plane with 38 percent of the complaints, antisocial behavior with 35 percent and alcohol with 27 percent of complaints having to do with intoxicated passengers.

Oct 24 '16 10:52

Antisocial passengers are causing more and more problems on planes, according to th Environment and Transport Inspectorate. In the first three quarters of this year the Inspectorate received 723 reports of antisocial behavior. That is the same number as in all of 2015, AD reports.

The most common problems are smoking in the plane with 38 percent of the complaints, antisocial behavior with 35 percent and alcohol with 27 percent of complaints having to do with intoxicated passengers.

Oct 24 '16 10:51

On Monday KLM cabin crew members will strike for 10 minutes before ach flight, according to union FNV. These labor actions started at 5:00 a.m. and will continue throughout Monday until 11:00 p.m. The cabin crew members are demanding that KLM not remove a crew member from some long flights, ANP reports.

These strikes will result in at least 10 minutes of delay per flight. The strikes will happen before passengers are allowed on board. 

Vlogger Willem Vink riding on the roof of a train (Photo: Screenshot/YouTube)
Oct 21 '16 14:21

Two 18-year-old vloggers will not be fined or sent to prison for in June, the court ruled on Friday according to 1Limburg. 

The judge did order the two boys, Willem Vink and Jimmy van Vonderen, to go have a conversation with Veolia train drivers. The drivers will tell the about their traumatic experiences with people who jump in front of trains.

Oct 17 '16 11:15

Amsterdam is launching an investigation into installing a light rail for use as public transport in the city, the Amsterdam Metropolitan Region announced over the weekend. The aim is to improve the accessibility to the capital

Sep 26 '16 07:29

NS conductors will not be checking train tickets today in protest against the railway company's plan to remove the second conductor from some double decker trains. The labor action is in collaboration with union FNV and will last until 3:00 p.m. on Monday

Sep 20 '16 07:39

Fewer trains are traveling between Utrecht Central and Den Haag Central on Tuesday morning due to a damaged railway viaduct, according to NS. People traveling from Utrecht to The Hague for Budget Day, should take extra travel time of between 30 minutes and an hour into account.

Sep 13 '16 09:21

There will be no trains traveling between Brabant and Zuid-Holland from after morning rush hour on Tuesday due to emergency repairs to the rails on the Moerdijkbrug. Some 75 thousand people use that railway route every day

Jun 8 '16 14:30

Public transport company Veolia is pressing charges against video blogger (or vlogger) Willem Vink, who recently posted a video of himself and a friend jumping onto the roof of a train to travel between the stations Nijmegen Heyendaal and Mook-Molenhoek on the Maas-line

Jun 8 '16 10:19

Fewer trains are currently traveling to and from Utrecht Central Station due to a switch malfunction. Delays are affected travelers to and from Schiphol, Den Bosch and Arnhem.

May 31 '16 08:55

Railway strikes in Belgium mean that no intercity- or stop trains are traveling between Amsterdam Brussels on Tuesday.

May 30 '16 13:50

NS decided to stop using Belgian coaches on the Amsterdam-Brussels route for the time being due to reports that the coach doors sometimes open en-route

Mar 29 '16 09:19

Amsterdam public transporter GVB decided to allow the Jonge Socialisten's pro-Ukraine referendum poster of PVV leader Geert Wilders kissing Russian president Vladimir Putin. The poster can be seen on various GVB stations and stops.

Feb 17 '16 14:10

The Netherlands' high speed train line (HSL) was brought to a stand still by strong winds 38 times last year, cancelling 236 trains. Seven times more than average, Dutch newspaper AD reports based on its own research with treinreiziger.nl.

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