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Old February 24th, 2015, 01:01 PM   #301
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Dwell time at tram stops could already be reduced by a great deal if there would be no more on board ticket sales. Especially in a city like Amsterdam, where tourists form a large target group for traveling by tram. Move ticket sales to hotels, supermarkets or open up a large ticket booth at the major train stations. Maybe you could even install ticket machines at the larger tram stops.
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Old February 24th, 2015, 01:37 PM   #302
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Maybe you could even install ticket machines at the larger tram stops.
Leidseplein, Rembrandtplein, Museumplein come to mind.
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Old February 24th, 2015, 06:36 PM   #303
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It would be good if it were possible to pre-order OV-chipkaart to your home even if you don't live in the Netherlands.

It would also be good if it were possible to actually pay for top-ups or day cards with foreight debit/credit cards in all OV-chipkaart machines.

I somehow understand tourists that just pay whatever it costs when they board the tram because it takes some time to get correct tickets when you travel to some place that doesn't have the same ticket system you've already used. If you visit the Netherlands for the first time (since OV-chipkaart) you have to buy an OV-chipkaart, top up and/or load prepaid days on the card, and also possible set the prefered NS travel class if you plan to travel by NS rail.

IMHO the OV-chipkaart system seems to work better than most other similar systems, but it's still not perfect and that imperfection is one reason for tourist paying cash on board the tram.

My own experiences from last summer (visiting den Haag, Rotterdam and Amsterdam) was:
1) We lost €1/person by not knowing that it had been cheaper buying our OV-chipkaarts from the RET machine at den Haag CS instead of buying the cards from the HTM manual service.
2) There were rather long queues at the HTM manual service at den Haag CS
3) It wasn't possible to use the small yellow automatic machines in den Haag with foreign debit/credit cards.
4) Illogically to our surprise it actually was possible to use foreign debit/credit cards in the same kind of machines in Amsterdam and also in the large machines in the metro stations in Rotterdam (and probably in Amsterdam). Not knowing this cost us €3/person having to pay cash to the driver on a HTM tram one day just to get us from the hotel to HTM manual service. On the day before our day cards expired HTM closed rather early (sunday) and we expected that the yellow machine near the hotel would work with our cards. If we had known that our cards didn't work in the yellow machine and that we could use our cards in the RET machine at den Haag CS we could atleast had topped up our cards with the RET machine and thus saved ~€1:50/person and saved time for all travelers on the tram by not having to pay to the driver.
5) The large automatic machines at Amsterdam metro stations has a different set of product compared to the small yellow machines in Amsterdam. (You have to use the yellow machines to load a 7-day card on your chipkaard, the large machines can only load 1/2/3-day cards or something similar).
6) The english translation of the options on the small yellow automatic machines were incomplete. The details in my memory is a bit fuzzy but I think there were no text for the options to buy 4/5/6/7-day cards if you selected english (or german, if that were an option?). Luckily dutch is similar enough to the languages I know so I could use the machine in dutch even though I don't speak dutch.

(I know this is'n entirely Amsterdam related, but it's the same OV-chipkaart system).

The really sad thing is that we are rather happy with this result as it's a far better track record than our experiences from other similar system. (In London something always seem to go wrong in a worse way and if you try to correct it everyone at the service counters redirects you somewhere else - in the end you get a phone numer that cost you money and time to dial. At home in the Gothenburg area it's been rather common that the chip card system overcharge you).

For a foreign visistor the rather high price for OV-chipkaart is also a barrier that can make it cheaper to pay cash on board on the tram. It would be nice if there were some kind of refund system. Also the time it takes to in advance calculate which option is cheapest can also be a barrier. In our case using anonymous OV-chipkaard were a bit cheaper and simpler than just buying one-time paper day cards, mostly because HTM didn't sell 2/3-day cards as one-time paper cards and because we used the prepay feature a bit.

To sum it up: I'm not surprised at all that foreign visitors use cash to pay on board on the trams. Howevere I'm surprised if dutch people use cash.
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Old March 16th, 2015, 11:59 PM   #304
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M53 – Gaasperplas

Amsterdam Metro Metromaterieel M3 3B "Zilvermeeuw" at Gaasperplas by κύριαsity, on Flickr


Amsterdam Metro Metromaterieel M3 2A "Zilvermeeuw" at Gaasperplas by κύριαsity, on Flickr

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London (since late-1980s), Athens (2012), Paris (2013–2014), Barcelona (2014) and now Amsterdam (2015).
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Old April 27th, 2015, 08:39 PM   #305
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First test train on Amsterdam North-South Line
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THE first dynamic tests on Amsterdam's 9.8km North-South Line were made on April 21 using an M4 train from the Ring Line propelled by a shunting tractor. The tests took place at the northern end of the line between Noord and Noorderpark stations

The objective of these initial trials is to test the functioning of the communications-based train control (CBTC) system supplied by Alstom. Further testing will be undertaken later in the year with an M5 train, by which time the third rail power supply will have been energised

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Old May 5th, 2015, 09:45 PM   #306
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Amsterdam to replace diesel buses with electric vehicles

April 15, 2015 Amsterdam will become the first city in the country to run a fully electric bus fleet, following agreement between the city council and city bus firm GVB. The first batch of 40 buses will be replaced by electric vehicles in two years’ time, the Volkskrant reports, and by 2025 the entire fleet will be electric. The ferries over the IJ between the city centre and Noord will also be powered by green electricity.
Noord

Some testing took place on the above-ground section, where systems were tested. The third rail isn't entirely finished yet, and also not yet live, so the metro train was pulled/pushed along by a remote controlled electric vehicle.




eerste testrit Metro op Noord-Zuidlijn-4 by Noord/Zuidlijn, on Flickr

Also some high-quality interior renderings of Noord station have been released. You can find them here.


Station Noord artist impression 11 by Noord/Zuidlijn, on Flickr


Station Noord artist impression 10 by Noord/Zuidlijn, on Flickr | Station Noord artist impression 2 by Noord/Zuidlijn, on Flickr

Central Station

The area on the other side of the water on top of the tunnel has been given its final look.


Noord-Zuidlijn verlaat Sixhaven-8 by Noord/Zuidlijn, on Flickr | Noord-Zuidlijn verlaat Sixhaven-4 by Noord/Zuidlijn, on Flickr

Escalators have been delivered and the interior work has progressed.


Per roltrap naar de kathedraal onder CS-7 by Noord/Zuidlijn, on Flickr | Per roltrap naar de kathedraal onder CS-11 by Noord/Zuidlijn, on Flickr


CS-rondje-centrale hal-30 april-11 by Noord/Zuidlijn, on Flickr

^ You can see the structure that will hold the wall paneling and the public art video screen. Here's a rough preview of the artwork:




CS-rondje-centrale hal-30 april-9 by Noord/Zuidlijn, on Flickr | CS-rondje-centrale hal-30 april-8 by Noord/Zuidlijn, on Flickr


CS-rondje-centrale hal-30 april-3 by Noord/Zuidlijn, on Flickr | CS-rondje-centrale hal-30 april-23 by Noord/Zuidlijn, on Flickr

On that last picture you can see the end of the hallway that connects the East Line with the North/South Line.

And a follow-up on the pictures posted on this page about the shopping concourses. This is a little video in Dutch talking about them. In the final shots you get a sneak preview of the almost finished faregate-free passages;



Rokin

Progress has been made on the parking garage and station fireproofing.


Station-Rokin-10 april-3 by Noord/Zuidlijn, on Flickr | Station-Rokin-10 april-6 by Noord/Zuidlijn, on Flickr


Rokin 18 maart-16 by Noord/Zuidlijn, on Flickr | Station-Rokin-10 april-17 by Noord/Zuidlijn, on Flickr

Three design proposals for the fountain on Rokin street level have been made public.

Vijzelgracht

Bridge across the canal has been restored, street level construction sites continue to be dismantled.


Vijzelgracht maakt comeback-6 by Noord/Zuidlijn, on Flickr

De Pijp

No big news, just some nice new shots.

Level -1


Station De Pijp op haar paasbest-25 by Noord/Zuidlijn, on Flickr | Station De Pijp op haar paasbest-2 by Noord/Zuidlijn, on Flickr

Level -2: Upper platform. Mezanine above, platform for southbound trains below (see room for escalators along the wall).


Station De Pijp op haar paasbest-8 by Noord/Zuidlijn, on Flickr

Level -3


Station De Pijp op haar paasbest-16 by Noord/Zuidlijn, on Flickr



Europaplein

From all stations along the line this one will be finished first. Right now they're still installing ceilings and floors.


Europaplein 20 april-24 by Noord/Zuidlijn, on Flickr | Europaplein 20 april-16 by Noord/Zuidlijn, on Flickr


Europaplein 20 april-6 by Noord/Zuidlijn, on Flickr | Europaplein 20 april-8 by Noord/Zuidlijn, on Flickr


Europaplein 20 april-22 by Noord/Zuidlijn, on Flickr | Europaplein 20 april-2 by Noord/Zuidlijn, on Flickr
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Old May 12th, 2015, 08:34 PM   #307
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I've always supported reducing labor on transit by any means possible. I think they should just install CCTV and introduce barriers.
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Old May 12th, 2015, 10:02 PM   #308
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Ummm yes. Just as they exactly did eight years ago...
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Old July 8th, 2015, 06:11 PM   #309
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Amsterdam launches tender for 63 trams
Wednesday, July 08, 2015



AMSTERDAM public transport operator GVB has issued an international tender for a contract to supply 63 low-floor LRVs, which will replace the oldest vehicles in service on the city's 161km tram network

The bidirectional standard-gauge vehicles will need to be capable of operating on the hybrid tram/light rail line to Amstelveen and must meet the latest standards for passengers with reduced mobility

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Old September 6th, 2015, 07:36 PM   #310
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Old September 7th, 2015, 03:34 AM   #311
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New Alstom Metropolis-based M5 metro in A -still not fully renovated underground station- of the 'eastline' metroline running from central station through the eastern section of the center to A suburb simply called 'south-east', because it is located at the south-east from the citycenter.
A Siemens Combino tram running through some suburb..
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A Siemens Combino tram running through some suburb..
Really? Line 12? What suburb? Where in the video?
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Old September 19th, 2015, 09:22 PM   #313
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September Update

Installation of the third rail. 18km/22km done.


aanleg derde rai-10 september-15 by NoordZuidlijn NoordZuidlijn, on Flickr

Testing of short circuit systems



Noord webcam here

Escalators have been installed, escavation, drilling and construction of the station and bus station have begun.


Station Noord; werken aan het Busplatform-1 by NoordZuidlijn NoordZuidlijn, on Flickr | Station Noord; werken aan het Busplatform-7 by NoordZuidlijn NoordZuidlijn, on Flickr






Noorderpark webcam here

New sound walls along Nieuwe Leeuwarderweg



Construction of the artwork has commenced. Called 'de Poorten van Noord' (the Gates of Noord) they're supposed to represent all kinds of things.



Central Station

Lamellas haven been put into place in the ceiling at Central Station.


V-lamellen onder CS-6 by NoordZuidlijn NoordZuidlijn, on Flickr


Aan het werk onder CS-8 by NoordZuidlijn NoordZuidlijn, on Flickr

Some clips from June showing off the works around Central Station. Many of the places in the videos have since been opened.



vid1 00:00 IJpassage
vid1 11:00 Central Station metro station
vid2 00:00 IJhal
vid2 09:50 Pedestrian/bike tunnel
vid2 14:30 Taxi stand

Rokin

Artists have been working on an archeologic display that will be put in between the escalators.




Pics by Jorrit 't Hoen

And other artists have been focusing on the artwork on the station walls





I've tried showing how massive the entrances for this station will be earlier, but wasn't able to do it properly. Adriaan Heijnen took a great photo:



Vijzelgracht

The escalators have been installed. They're the longest escalators (47m) in the BeNeLux.



Wall paneling progress


17 juni Vijzelgracht-8 by NoordZuidlijn NoordZuidlijn, on Flickr



De Pijp

The iron architectural beams have been fire-proofed. They will be covered with some sort of metal finish later.



Europaplein

Walk-through video made in June on national Dag van de Bouw (Day of Construction)



Zuid

Zuid station got a bit of an overhaul this summer. They widened the stairs, erected a canopy, relocated the lift, and enlarged the ticket barrier area. This is all in preperation for the new metro line having its terminus here. All the measures are temporary however, as Zuid station is to be completely rebuilt in the future. Also notice the new signage, which will replace the current 4 or 5 different systems we have now (lol, finally).

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Afgelopen zondag ben ik voor het eerst overgestapt op het vernieuwde metroperron van Zuid en heb ik er met mijn telefoon wat fotootjes geschoten.

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20150823_Zuid01 by PCFR 76, on Flickr

2. Stationsnaambord, onderdeel van de nieuwe bewegwijzering: een dunne ingeklemde en opgehangen plaat kunststof. Makkelijk te vervangen bij beschadiging of vernieling.

20150823_Zuid02 by PCFR 76, on Flickr

4. De ten koste van de verplaatste lift verbrede trap.

20150823_Zuid04 by PCFR 76, on Flickr

6. De verplaatste lift.

20150823_Zuid06 by PCFR 76, on Flickr
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Traveling in Amsterdam last year, I realized it was quicker/just as fast to travel on foot (even faster to bike) from point to point than it was to utilise the light rail/trams above ground. Anyone else experience this, or was my experience an anomaly?
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Well your experience was a tourist experience; you probably didn't even leave the (pretty small) city center that much, if at all. Locals do, and they don't have time for a lovely stroll, when they can bike or take a tram instead. The trams are decently frequent and way faster than walking. Of course they go faster in the suburban areas. Streets in the center are busy and not very wide, and therefore slower. That's why we're building a metro line right underneath the center. (Photos in the post above you)
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Old September 25th, 2015, 12:14 AM   #316
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Escalator from mezzanine level to lower platform at De Pijp station.
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It's rather narrow, or is it?
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Old September 25th, 2015, 08:23 PM   #318
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There's any plans to take trams out from the city center? Specially in Dan and leidseplein.
I know the new north south line will stop close to dam but I didn't hear anything about changes on the trams lines there.
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Old September 25th, 2015, 09:32 PM   #319
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@Alargule; No idea. It might be the lense or the angle.
@worldpassport; Yes. Routes will be changed. The route partially parallel to the North/South line will in the future only carry one line. And some other lines will change too. The east-west tram lines that connect to the metro will have their frequency increased. By your question I'm assuming you think the trams on Dam and Leidseplein are nuisance? Cause I can guarantee you they're not considered a nuisance. If anything, cars, taxis, coaches and cyclists, or even just pedestrians, are considered to be much more of a nuisance than trams.
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@ncroin:

More or less every tram line has an interchange to NS trains and/or metro somewhere around the "ring", so if you live in the outskirts you can take the tram to an interchange and then take the metro or a NS train to the central station.

But I think it's a really good thing to have trams right in the city centre, even if they run rather slow. That way you don't have to walk that far in the city centre end of a journey.

Gothenburg (Swedens second biggest city) has a tram system that also runs rather slow in the city centre and runs rather fast in the outskirts. The result is short door-to-door. In the outskirts you have to walk about as far as you would have had with a metro system, but in the city centre the tram stops are really close by most destinations. With an intense traffic you usually don't have to wait long for the next tram. When I have a monthly subscription (or similar) for the public transit I usually take the tram instead of walk even if it's just to the next stop.
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