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Old June 10th, 2013, 10:37 AM   #161
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I would consider the core of the network as a full metro, although I do see that in terms of size and operation it also has more in common with for example the Docklands Light Rail in London then with other full metro systems in large European cities. But as system in a smaller European city it's undoubtedly a full metro. The most part of the network, underground and overground is completely grade separated. There's just 1 line with 2 smaller branches that is built as a premetro, but it's much more an overground metro line with level crossings then a tram line that happens to be extended into the metro tunnels in the central Rotterdam.
The network is quite good for a city of its size. The frequency of services is also good.
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Old January 11th, 2014, 03:35 PM   #162
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Rotterdam Centraal prepares for grand opening
10 JAN, 2014

Rotterdam’s brand new international rail station, Rotterdam Centraal, is to open on March 13, concluding a seven-year project to improve the Netherlands high-speed connection to the rest of Europe.

The new station is covered by a huge 250-metre-wide roof and will house platforms for national rail services, the city’s metro system and high-speed services from France and Belgium.

Rotterdam is the first stop for many international high-speed services arriving in Holland and with passenger numbers expected to triple between now and 2025, the decision was taken to demolish the old station, designed by architect of Sybold Ravesteyn, and start again.

The opening will provide the opportunity for a double celebration, with 2014 also being the 175th birthday of the Dutch railway network.





















Congratulations to you! By the way, any progress has been made on the new western Metro extension to Hoek van Holland?
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Old January 11th, 2014, 08:05 PM   #163
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Nice architecture
Where are now tram connections whih I use to take in front of station entrance. I can see something on one of the pictures, but I'm not sure.

Additional question : what is the status of Citadis fleet i.e. how many vehicles have been delivered / are in service ? Are there other tram vehicles types in service ?
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Old January 11th, 2014, 09:50 PM   #164
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Wow, that's a lot of entry gates



With that said:
Where are the exit gates though?
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Old January 11th, 2014, 10:12 PM   #165
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Where are the exit gates though?
Gates are bi-directional and they are open for the time being. You just have to tap your card to check in or out.
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Old February 6th, 2014, 05:52 PM   #166
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Hoek van Holland light rail vehicle order placed
05 Feb 2014

NETHERLANDS: Rotterdam transport authority RET has exercised a €66m option with Bombardier Transportation for a further 16 Flexity Swift light rail vehicles.

These are to be delivered in 2016 for use on the Schiedam Centrum - Hoek van Holland Strand route which is to be converted from heavy rail operation to enable through running from RandstadRail Line B.

The three-section LRVs will be 42 m long, with 104 seats and space for up to 166 standees. There will be two multi-purpose areas for wheelchairs and prams, and seven double doors per side. The LRVs will work in pairs on the Hoekse Lijn at peak times.

Announcing the contract on February 5, Bombardier said the vehicles would be supplied from its Bautzen site in Germany, with Mitrac electrical equipment from Mannheim and Flexx Urban bogies from Siegen.

'It goes without saying that a new high-quality transport connection needs high-quality vehicles', said RET Chief Executive Pedro Peters. 'Our long-term relationship with Bombardier, delivering many light rail vehicles to RET over the years, has always been highly satisfactory. Therefore we are very pleased to order 16 additional vehicles.'
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Old February 7th, 2014, 02:51 AM   #167
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To refresh people's mind; these are the current Flexity Swifts


image: Bombardier
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Old February 7th, 2014, 03:22 PM   #168
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These look quite nice! do you have more pics?
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Old March 10th, 2014, 06:47 PM   #169
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Accident involving 3 trams

Dozens of people were taken to hospitals after a tram accident in Rotterdam

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At least 30 people have been injured in a collision between three trams close to the Kuip football stadium in Rotterdam on Monday afternoon, Dutch media reported.

At least 12 people have been taken to hospital. Most of the victims have suffered back and neck injuries. It is not clear if anyone has been seriously injured.

The cause of the crash now being investigated. Initial research indicates one tram drove into the back of another which propelled that tram forward into a third.

One of the trams then left the rails. The tram which appeared to have started the chain reaction has been most severely damaged.
- See more at: http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archive....JkWtVShp.dpuf
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Old March 12th, 2014, 12:46 AM   #170
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The title of this topic should probably be changed into ROTTERDAM | Public Transportation
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Old March 13th, 2014, 07:34 PM   #171
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Two news from Rotterdam area:

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King opens rebuilt Rotterdam Centraal station
13 Mar 2014



NETHERLANDS: King Willem-Alexander ceremonially inaugurated the rebuilt Rotterdam Centraal station on March 13, during celebrations which included dancing and musical performances.

The station has been rebuilt to cope with predicted growth from the current 110 000 passengers/day - as many people as use Amsterdam Schiphol airport - to 323 000 passengers/ day by 2025. The design is intended to create a landmark gateway to Rotterdam, reflecting the station's dual role as a hub of the city's transport system and a major station on the international high speed rail network.

The building was required to take into account the different urban environments either side of the railway, with a grand southern entrance facing the city centre and more modest entrance to the north. A large window provides direct views of the city, and the roof incorporates photovoltaic cells capable of supplying 340 MWh a year, the equivalent of the energy requirements of one hundred households.

The red stone station floor continues into the forecourt, to merge the station with the city. The public space in front of the station will cover parking spaces for 760 cars and 5 190 bicycles. The tram stops have been moved to the east side, with bus, taxi and short-term parking spaces designed to avoid creating barriers for pedestrians.

The project has been undertaken jointly by the Ministry of Infrastructure & the Environment, the city and city region, infrastructure manager ProRail and national passenger operator NS. It was managed by the Team CS joint venture of urban design specialist West 8 and architects Benthem Crouwel and Meyer & Van Schooten, with Arcadis as consultant.
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Den Haag orders more Siemens Avenio trams
13 Mar 2014


The trams will be built in Wien

NETHERLANDS: Den Haag city transport operator HTM placed a €55m order for 20 more Siemens Avenio low-floor trams on March 13, as an option on a contract for 40 signed in 2011.

As with the original order, these will be produced in Siemens’ Wien factory. This batch of trams is to run on Line 1.

‘Back in 2011, HTM was the first operator worldwide to order our Avenio, which has meanwhile established itself in the market very well. So this latest order pleases us all the more’, said Sandra Gott-Karlbauer, CEO of the Urban Transport Vehicles business at Siemens’ Rail Systems Division.
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Old March 13th, 2014, 08:15 PM   #172
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What do you all think of merging RET, Randstad Rail and HTM in one single agency?
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There was some talk about a RET and HTM merger back in 2011. But it was only the RET that proposed it, the HTM denied any merger talks on the same day and that was it. After this the Dutch Railways NS bought a 49% stake in HTM in October 2013. Unless the NS also buys into the RET there no change anymore that both companies will be merging. But I doubt that will be allowed by the competition watchdogs.

Ps. RandstadRail is just branding, it's not a company or an organization. The trams between Den Haag and Zoetermeer are operated by the HTM, the Metro from Den Haag to Rotterdam is operated by the RET.
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Good morning folks! I am Brazilian and some come together while the Rotterdam Metro, as I admire their stations and trains! The fact that the lines share is a very good way to facilitate integration between destinations. Just a little question: What will happen with the SG2? Will be disabled? And who will take his place? Thanks for listening!
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Old May 27th, 2014, 04:11 PM   #175
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From Railway Gazette:

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Avenio takes a bow
27 May 2014





Photo: Harry HondiusPhoto: Harry Hondius
NETHERLANDS: The first of 60 Avenio low-floor LRVs being supplied to Den Haag’s urban transport operator HTM by Siemens was demonstrated to the customer’s senior management at the Wildenrath test centre on May 22. The visitors were able to ride car 5001 while it was being put through its paces on the smaller test ring T2.

Ordered in two batches in 2011 and 2013, at a cost of €2·58m each, Den Haag’s Avenio cars are 35 m long and 2 550 mm wide. Each car has seats for 68 passengers and standing space for 168 at 4/m². Weighing 49 tonnes, the cars are powered by six 120 kW motors, giving a maximum speed of 70 km/h.

The first cars are expected to enter service in Den Haag later this year, being introduced gradually on routes 9, 11, 15, 17 and 1, where they will replace HTM’s GT8-I cars dating from 1981-85. Deliveries are due to be completed in 2016
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I guess there's no The Hague thread?
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Old May 29th, 2014, 03:22 AM   #177
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That Central Station looks gorgeous, I wish we would build train stations like that in the US.
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Old August 20th, 2014, 12:01 AM   #178
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I guess there's no The Hague thread?
Since there isn't any The Hague tread, and since stuff about The Hague is already in this thread, I propose a rename of this thread to something like ROTTERDAM & THE HAGUE | Public Transport and add The Hague to the threadfinder thread.

I'll PM a moderator about this and see what the response is

If we go for that name change, I have some pictures from the Hague to show
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Old August 20th, 2014, 03:34 AM   #179
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You can create a THE HAGUE | DEN HAAG - Public Transportation thread
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Is that really a good idea since there are already some stuff about the Hague in this thread?
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