Utrecht's highly anticipated fast tram line between Utrecht Central Station and the Science Park officially started running on Monday, after a dress rehearsal on Saturday when people could ride the tram for free. From Monday, the Uithoflijn will run 10 trams per hour along nine stops in both directions, NU.nl and Leeuwarder Courant report.
Public transport prices in the Netherlands increased more over the past decade that the costs involved in driving your own car, Statistics Netherlands reported on Monday. In July of this year, public transit prices were 30 percent higher than in 2009. Personal car costs increased by 25 percent in this same period. For comparison, consumer products and -services prices increased by 18 percent in this period.
In the Netherlands, the amount of money spent on car costs is 10 times higher than that spent on public transit.
No buses or trams are running in The Hague between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning. Employees of city transport company HTM are striking for better working conditions. They want a wage increase and a lower workload, among other things, NOS reports.
HTM said it tried to keep the buses and trams running as much as possible, but that turned out not to be an option. "It is very annoying that our travelers are once again the victim, but we simply do not find it responsible", the HTM management said.
The tram doors wouldn't immediately open after a man opened fire on a tram on 24 Oktoberplein in Utrecht at around 10:45 a.m. on Monday morning, according to one witness. Multiple people were injured. Journalists at the scene report seeing a body covered by a sheet, according to NOS. Though the authorities have not yet confirmed whether anyone was killed.
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.
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.
Nine people were injured in a rear-end collision between two trams on Dwasdijk in Rotterdam on Sunday afternoon.
One victim sustained a head injury, according to ANP. The others had neck complaints, among other things. Four people were taken to hospital for examination. One was referred to a GP. And the other four were treated by paramedics at the scene.
The collision involved tram 23 and the Feyenoord tram. The authorities are investigating how the accident happened.
Four people were hurt in a collision between a tram, a bus and a taxi on De Lairessestraat in Amsterdam Zuid on Thursday morning, Het Parool reports.
The taxi driver, a passenger of the tram, and a bus passenger were taken to hospital. The fourth victim was treated at the scene. Their current condition is unknown.
A police spokesperson told the newspaper, the bus had to brake for the taxi. The tram couldn't brake in time and hit the bus, which then crashed into the taxi.
A boy sustained minor injuries while playing on a boom at a tram crossing on IJburglaan in Amsterdam on Wednesday afternoon, the police said on Facebook.
Three boys were hanging on the boom while it was on its downward position. When the boom went up, two of the boys let go immediately. But the third was not fast enough. He kept hanging on the boom until it was almost at its highest point, and then fell meters to the ground, according to the police.
An increasing number of people who use public transit in the Netherlands are faced with violence like threats, assault, intimidation or robbery, according to a survey by CROW among 87 thousand public transit passengers, the Telegraaf reports.
In 2017 the number of such incidents on public transport increased slightly for the first time in five years. Last year 15.5 percent of passengers reported facing violence or aggression, compared to 13.5 percent in 2016. CROW could not give a definite explanation for the increase.
The municipality of Amsterdam is taking extra measures to manage the crowds of tourists expected to visit the city over Easter weekend. Last Easter weekend 20 to 25 percent more tourists visited the Dutch capital than the year before, Het Parool reports.
Extra trams will run during Easter weekend, from March 30th to April 2nd. Lines 1, 2, 5, 5 and 9 will run on an extended timetable. The city will advice visitors with cars to park on a site on the outskirts of the city, and to use public transit from there.
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.
Tram traffic in Amsterdam city center is experiencing some problems due to a sinkhole on Marnixstraat, AT5 reports. A large part of Jordaan also does not have water at this stage.
The sinkhole was discovered around 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday. It is located around a pole on the tram line, which means that the pole has no solid footing. There was concern that the pole would fall over, but it seems to be stable, according to the broadcaster.
Rotterdam tram driver Rodney Luxemburg is turning into something of a YouTube sensation with soothing videos of his tram running routes through the city. The unedited videos begin at the start of the route, and follows the entire route, with only the tram noises - ringing bell, wheels, opening doors and the stop announcements - in the background.
Nine of Amsterdam's 15 tram lines are getting new routes in the new tram line map, which municipal transit company GVB published on Friday. The new map, which works on the so-called fish bone model, will take affect on July 22nd next year - when the new Noord-Zuid subway line starts operating if all goes according to plan, NU.nl reports.
Traffic on Amsterdam's subway lines are back on schedule after a fault in the traffic control system brought it to a standstill on Monday afternoon. The problems started around 2:00 p.m. and affected all lines. Subway traffic gruadually restarted around 6:30 p.m., according to municipal transport company GVB, NU.nl reports.
Subway line 51 fell out again on Monday night due to another fault on the traffic control system, but that fault has also beenf fixed. GVB reports no problems on the subway lines at present.
A 7-year-old girl was discovered traveling alone on a tram in Amsterdam on Sunday night. She got onto tram by herself at IJburg
The number of “serious incidents” on Amsterdam’s public transit system rose by nearly 24 percent in 2015 to 333. This was up from 269 a year earlier.
A tram operator in the Hague made the surprising discovery of a bag filled with more than 330 Staatsloterij lottery tickets. The driver found the bag thrust into his hands while navigating his Line 17 route near the Kalvermarkt-Stadhuis stop, according to newspaper AD.
Police released a video of the fatal Amsterdam West shooting on De Clercqstraat Tuesday. A 25-year-old man from Zaandam was killed in the shootout, and both of the suspects are still at large, police reported on Friday.
The gunmen involved in the assassination on De Clercqstraat in Amsterdam West on Wednesday, did not only hit their target, but also managed to do a considerable amount of damage to the surroundings.
The police are investigating the reports of a tram driver continuing his journey with a dead passenger on board in Amsterdam on Friday afternoon. The victim is a 56 year old man from Amstelveen. According to the police, he died of natural causes.
A tram driver from Amsterdam knowingly drove around with a deceased man in his vehicle for at least 20 minutes, De Telegraaf reports.
A large part of the tram network in Amsterdam has come to a stand still this morning because a tram derailed in the east side of Central Station.