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Passengers board a train to Vlissingen at Amsterdam Central Station, 19 Jan 2018
May 29 '19 08:05

After a nationwide 24-hour long strike on Tuesday, public transit employees are back at work. The transit companies managed to restart their services without major issues.

NS reports no strike-related faults or delays on its website. The only delays reported have to do with planned track maintenance on the Leeuwarden-Meppel route, which will last until Sunday. 

The IJ tunnel in Amsterdam
May 23 '19 15:40

The city of Amsterdam could open the IJ Tunnel to bicycle traffic on Tuesday as a measure to combat the impact in the capital city of the national public transit strike. The tunnel is normally used as a throughway exclusively for motor vehicle traffic between Amsterdam Noord and Centrum.

Passengers board a Brussels-bound train at Amsterdam Centraal, 9 May 2018
May 20 '19 14:40

Regional public transit companies announced that they will join employees of NS and the city transporters in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague in a strike for a better pension system on May 28th. That means that nearly all public transit in the Netherlands will be shut down next week Tuesday, union FNV announced. Labour party PvdA expressed support for the strike.

King's Day 2018 in Amsterdam
Apr 26 '19 17:49

Residents of and visitors to Amsterdam may have to take an alternative route when moving about the city on King's Day today. Parts of the city are blocked off to car traffic, and public transit in the capital are running on adjusted schedules and alternative routes. 

An NS train waiting on the tracks (Photo: TahR78/Wikipedia)
Mar 18 '19 07:32

Employees of various sectors are striking for better pensions and to freeze the retirement age at 66 throughout the Netherlands on Monday. The first and most disrupting strike was in public transit between 6:00 a.m. and 7:06 a.m. During that time no NS trains were running, as well as no trams, subways and buses in Amsterdam, The Hague and Rotterdam.

Passengers board a Brussels-bound train at Amsterdam Centraal, 9 May 2018
Mar 15 '19 08:08

Monday will be a chaotic day for people who commute to work by public transport. NS announced that it will join an early morning strike held by city- and regional public transit companies, AD reports.

The public transit companies are protesting for freezing the retirement age at 66. For that reason they will strike from 6:00 a.m. for 66 minutes, trade union CNV Vakmensen said. The strike will likely also cause delays after its end.

Amsterdam trams packed full on a snowy Monday morning, 11 Dec 2017
Mar 8 '19 15:30

Public transit workers in Amsterdam will strike for part of Monday, March 18th, as part of a national action day for better pensions, trade unions CNV, VCP and FNV announced. Amsterdam public transit company GVB confirmed the strike to Het Parool.

Tram at Amsterdam Central Station, 23 Jan 2019
Jan 23 '19 10:10

Amsterdam transport company GVB is struggling under the consequences of a power failure. As a result, fewer trams are running through the Dutch capital on Wednesday. "It's a case of force majeure", a spokesperson for GVB said to Het Parool.

The malfunction is related to a defect in a transformer at the Havenstraat depot, which also affected tram traffic in the city on Tuesday. To prevent overload, GVB is running fewer trams on lines 1, 2, 5, 7, 13, 17 and 25.

According to GVB, travelers must take delays of up to 30 minutes into account. 

Snow in Amsterdam
Jan 22 '19 17:08

There were over 1,635 kilometers of traffic jams across the Netherlands at 5:05 p.m. on Tuesday, just as the evening rush hour got underway, according to travel association ANWB. A snow storm that started on the west coast in the morning was slowly making its way east, and was still expected to hover over the provinces of Friesland, Groningen, Drenthe, Overijssel, Gelderland, Limburg, and parts of Flevoland and Noord-Brabant past 6 p.m.

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Sep 27 '18 11:40

Two trams crashed into each other on De Clerqstraat in Amsterdam West on Thursday morning. Tram traffic was halted for a time, but is now back on track. No one was injured, Het Parool reports.

One tram rear-ended the other around 7:45 a.m. at the bridge over Kostverlorenvaart. Paramedics examined the driver of the rear tram, but he did not sustain any injuries.

After the accident the front tram drove towards the depot, but derailed a bit further down the street. A car parked on the street was hit by the tram, according to the newspaper.

Noord Station on Amsterdam's Noord-Zuid subway line, 21 July 2018
Jul 23 '18 08:59

The first official traveling day for Amsterdam's new Noord-Zuid subway line happened almost without a hitch on Sunday. By 5:45 p.m. only one train did not run according to schedule, a spokesperson for Amsterdam public transit company GVB said to Het Parool.

As a result, passengers had to wait 12 minutes for their train, instead of six minutes. "Within half an hour, the subway was back on schedule", the spokesperson said. The GVB deployed extra personnel to help guide travelers on the first day of running.

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May 14 '18 10:07

Amsterdam public transit company GVB instructed its ferry skippers to be more careful following an accident last week Sunday in which 13 people were hurt, NH Nieuws reports.

A GVB ferry hit the quay at Amsterdam Central Station too hard, injuring 13 people. Two had to go to hospital, the rest sustained only minor injuries. The investigation into this collision is still ongoing. 

A GVB ferry in Amsterdam
May 7 '18 13:00

The Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate will investigate the ferry services in Amsterdam following an accident on Sunday in which 13 people were hurt. As soon as the police investigation into the accident is done, the Inspectorate will conduct a broader investigation, Het Parool reports.

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May 7 '18 08:29

Thirteen people were injured when a ferry across the IJ river crashed into De Ruijterkade near Amsterdam Central Station on Sunday afternoon. The police are investigating what happened.

One person was taken to hospital with a broken wrist, Het Parool reports. A pregnant woman was also taken to hospital for examination. Everyone else sustained only minor injuries.

Noord-Zuidlijn train front
Apr 6 '18 12:00

Amsterdam's new Noord-Zuid subway line will definitely start running on July 22nd, though on a modified timetable, the parties involved announced on Thursday, ANP reports.

The involved parties are confident that service can safely start on the line, which connects Amsterdam Noord to Zuidas, on that date. Though transit company GVB warns that travelers should take teething problems, like disruptions, into account "in the first half year".

Amsterdam campaign against smartphone use on bicycles
Jan 19 '18 12:20

Amsterdam, working with transport company GVB and Vervoerregio Amsterdam, launched an information campaign to warn pedestrians and cyclists about the dangers involved in using their phones while in traffic. The campaign, called Superbelangrijk or Super Important in English, is specifically aimed at teens and young people who are most likely to use their phones while cycling or walking, according to the city. 

Traffic builds up towards Schiphol's departures, 18 Jan 2018
Jan 18 '18 15:04

A difficult Thursday rush hour was expected to cap an annoying work day for many in the Netherlands. Trouble on the railroad, confusion at the airport, and traffic jams were likely to continue well into the evening.

An NS train waiting on the tracks (Photo: TahR78/Wikipedia)
Jan 18 '18 11:30

Hurricane-force winds in the Netherlands forced the shutdown of nearly all train service, all Schiphol air traffic, and several local tram services on Thursday. The NS made the decision to stop the trains as damage reports on the railways and at train stations kept coming in, the NS said.

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Jan 16 '18 17:50

The Amsterdam police are investigating an incident in which a 14-year-old girl was refused entry on a GVB bus because she looks Moroccan. The girl's mother asked witnesses to come forward in a call posted on Facebook.

Ferry boat approaching Amsterdam Central Station, 30 March 2017
Jan 2 '18 15:04

As of Monday, smoking is prohibited on the seven GVB ferry lines operating in Amsterdam. The decision was handed down by the municipality of Amsterdam, and the public transit firm GVB was set to adjust its regulations and passenger announcements.

Until the end of 2017, smoking was allowed only on the rear portion of the ferry boats which often created confusion. On top of that, due to frequent crowding, non smokers can not always choose to place themselves in the non smoking sections.

Amsterdam Centraal Trams
Dec 26 '17 13:00

Two Amsterdam trams derailed after colliding with each other on Bilderdijkstraat, near Kinkerstraat on Tuesday morning. Tram 12 and Tram 14 were involved in the collision, NU.nl reports.

No one was injured, but tram traffic was disrupted for some time. Municipal transit service GVB warns travelers to taken delays into account for the rest of the day.

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Oct 9 '17 14:30

The arrest of a gang of graffiti taggers at a subway station in Amsterdam Nieuw-West, was aired on television program De Meldkamer on Sunday night. A total of five vandals were arrested. One had to go to hospital, because he received a 750 volt electric shock while fleeing over the subway tracks before the police turned off the power, AT5 reports.

Jul 31 '17 11:00

A serious shortage of bus drivers is looming just over the horizon, NOS reports after speaking to the Dutch public transit companies. Some companies even doubt whether they will be able to keep all their bus lines running in the near future.

Noord-Zuidlijn train front
Jul 28 '17 15:00

The development of a new train safety system for Amsterdam's subway network has been significantly delayed, the Amsterdam mayor and aldermen said to the city council on Thursday. As a result, municipal transit company GVB will need to use the old system for a longer time, which could result in more disruptions and delay, the Telegraaf reports.

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