New night bus service begins in Rotterdam
6 January 2006, AMSTERDAM — Public transport operator RET begins its new late-night bus service on Friday night.
6 January 2006
AMSTERDAM — Public transport operator RET begins its new late-night bus service on Friday night.
Research found the old roster did not properly cater for people enjoying the night life in the port city.
The new service will be operated by the 'Bob-bus', a reference to the campaign run by traffic organisation 3VO to discourse drinking and driving.
The buses will take to the roads when trams and metros stop at night. A ticket costs EUR 4.50.
The new roster covers 11 routes that serve a total of 14 destinations in the Rotterdam region. There will be services to Maassluis and Nieuwerkerk aan den IJssel and between Spijkenisse and Ridderkerk.
"Buses will operate until after 6am, to better fit in with the closing times of most clubs and dance venues," a RET spokesperson said.
There will be more pick-up points than was the case under the old system, particularly near nightclubs. "For instance, there are stops next to 'Outland' and 'Now&Wow', so that the public can get to the train station without having to pay for an expensive taxi. This also applies to places in Vlaardingen and Schiedam, near Rotterdam," she said.
RET is in talks with the organisers of big events about making metro trains available at night. Extra metro services will operate during the North Sea Jazz Festival on 14, 15 and 16 July in Rotterdam's Ahoy venue.
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Subject: Dutch news