The municipality of Amsterdam has not yet allowed consequences for public transport of lowering the maximum speed, Rover Amsterdam proposes in brief to the municipality. Rover fears additional costs and charges.
The Municipality of Amsterdam wants to reduce the maximum speed within the city from 50 km/h to 30 km/h. Although Rover applauds these measures, the consequences for public transport will have to be re-imagined. After all, public transport is the safest mode of transport. Rover Amsterdam also wants it to be faster than slower, to make travel time more attractive. Cars will soon be able to make a detour on the A10 ring road or on roads where the maximum speed is still 50 km/h. More attention should therefore be paid to the competitive position of public transport.
Rover Amsterdam therefore argues for an exception for public transport from the reduced maximum speed in some cases, especially for busy through lines. This requires customization. More priority must also be given to the flow of public transport. With priority at traffic lights and more free tram and bus lanes, public transport could not be slowed down by the reduction of the maximum speed. This could not be done to keep the speed high.
Rover Amsterdam that the operating costs will increase for the public transport companies because the journeys take longer, more trams and buses must be deployed and purchased. The alternative is that frequencies have to be reduced – which in turn costs travelers and therefore leads to less revenue for the carriers. Should the increase increase, Rover will ask the municipality of Amsterdam to reimburse the extra costs. If travelers in public transport are no longer taken into account, Rover will cause major problems for travelers and public transport companies in and around the city.
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