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.
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.
Subway station Stadhuis in Rotterdam will be closed for at least two and a half weeks after asbestos was found there on Tuesday. The subway between Rotterdam Central Station and Beurs may start running again sooner, but then it won't stop at Stadhuis, Rotterdam transport company RET said, RTV Rijnmond reports.
Subway station Stadhuis in Rotterdam was evacuated on Tuesday afternoon after asbestos was released during construction work. The station is still completely closed and no subways are running through it. Rotterdam public transit company RET calls on travelers who were in the station on Tuesday to report to the company, RTL Nieuws reports.
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.
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.
On December 29th, an experiment will start with running night subways in Rotterdam and its surrounding areas. For one year, transit company RET will run subways on all lines for an hour longer on Fridays and Saturdays. This means that the last subway will leave Rotterdam at 1:30 a.m., AD reports.
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.
Rotterdam public transport company RET denied the PVV and Geert Wilders' request to wrap anti-Islam banners around the city's trams. "We are a public transport company and politically neutral", a spokesperson said to NOS. According to the spokesperson, political messages on trams and buses does not suit the RET.
On Thursday morning Wilders posted a photo of the tram wraps on Twitter saying that he offered it to the RET. The wraps show a photo of Wilders and the slogan "Stop Islam".
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.
The next Dutch government should include a Minister for Mobility, who must focus on improving the connection in and between cities to prevent a further increase in traffic jams and accidents, according to a manifest set up by a coalition consisting of seven major public transporters and car companies, NOS reports.
About 100 people were given a public transport ban last year for being violent, aggressive or traveling without a ticket multiple times. A public transit ban is issued in cooperation with the police and Public Prosecutor. It bans the recipient from trains, subways, trams and buses for a limited period of a few weeks
Vandalism in Rotterdam around New Year's cost the municipality at least half a million euros. This includes some 340 thousand euros and damages and costs in cleanup and repairs
Rotterdam public transporter is becoming more financially sustainable. From 2017 the transporter will no longer need subsidies from the government to keep its subways and trams running, a first for the Netherlands
Transporter RET launched an experiment with music and scents in subway stations in Rotterdam this week. The idea is that more pleasant surroundings will lead to calmer commuters.
A public bus crashed into an office building at the intersection of Vaanweg and Strevelsweg in Rotterdam on Tuesday morning. Twelve people were injured. It seems that the bus driver lost control of the bus after falling ill. "Someone shouted: 'she is unwell, the driver is unwell!' And at that moment the bus started driving faster", one passenger said
A conductor working for the Rotterdam transport company RET got kicked in the face on Eendracthsplein subway station on Monday afternoon. Three people were arrested after the incident.
Tram traffic in the North and the center of Rotterdam was put on hold yesterday after an industrial accident occurred during maintenance work. One RET maintenance worker had to be brought to hospital after he received an electric shock, the NOS reports.
The City Region of Rotterdam is considering limiting advertisements on buses as well as trams.
A tram conductor working for the RET transport company was abused by two 17-year-old local boys on Monday afternoon. The boys have been arrested. The Police in Rotterdam-Rijnmond reports.
A student from Rotterdam, Marlies, has become the center of a national discussion about what Rotterdam commuters are viewing as an absurd new ruling on RET trams. For consuming a sandwich in the metro, you could incur a fine of €100.
The Rotterdam inner-city travel service RET will make it possible to travel on an account.
City carrier RET adjusted the beep-volume of the access gates to the Rotterdam metro again. The carrier received more and more complaints about the beep that the gates produce when people walk through being too loud.