Transport in The Netherlands: Price increase ov cannot be reversed
The price increase of public transport in Amsterdam can no longer be reversed, the board of the Transport Region said on Tuesday evening.
The Amsterdam city councilors Tiers Bakker (SP), Zeeger Ernsting (GroenLinks), Dennis Boutkan (PvdA) and Kevin Kreuger (FVD), who are also on the so-called Regional Council, asked the board of the Transport Region for clarification on Tuesday evening. They would prefer the price increase in public transport, which according to Bakker is 3.4 percent in practice, to be dropped.
Transport region driver Gerard Slegers pointed out that the transport companies wanted to raise prices themselves. They should spend more money in 2020 because of higher wages and fuel costs.
Slegers also said the price increase falls within national standards. “If it doesn’t go through tickets, it will eventually lead to a more expensive or worse public transport. And we don’t want a worse public transport.”
“It is also not possible to reverse the rates, because they have already been processed,” he continued. “Then the budget has to be adjusted. I can’t do anything about it anymore.”
At the request of Ernsting, Slegers did indicate that the Transport Region will investigate how public transport could possibly become cheaper in the years after 2020.