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Metro connection to airport

7 June 2007 - The municipality yesterday presented ambitious plans to improve public transport. Amsterdam west may get its own metro connection.

In October last year, the ING’s Economic Bureau published a report on lessons Amsterdam can learn from successful cities abroad. Especially transport connections must be improved, it concluded. In Madrid and Barcelona, the metro rides more frequently and costs half as much.

Yesterday, Alderman Tjeerd Herrema presented plans to improve public transport between now and 2020. “We want people to use public transport more easily than their car. That is better for air quality and for the accessibility of Amsterdam”.

A striking element is the construction of a metro connection with Schiphol airport. A possible trajectory is through Osdorp, Lelylaan and Surinameplein. Metro carriages will become wider and will no longer have a driver. In other countries, new metros already ride automatically.

All public transport will have to run until 1 am.

As far as Dutch Railways is concerned, fewer trains will use Central Station in the future. For example, trains from Flevoland may use Zuid station. Amsterdam will only accept this if connections with other trains will be sufficiently frequent.

The municipality is going to re-evaluate the use of tram and bus lanes by taxis, the Red Cross tram, and the electricity company. It is not likely that this will pose a problem for the plans to introduce a cargo tram, a spokesperson of Herrema said.

However, there may be consequences if the frequency of passenger trams is increased. Cargo trams may not hinder passenger transport.

Amsterdam cannot pay all the plans by itself and hopes that the national government will cut in. Perhaps proceedings from a mileage charge for cars can also be used. Such a scheme is planned for 2012, but Amsterdam wants to introduce it in 2010.

Photo: MartinD / Wikipedia


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