Dutch transport card over budget

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An investigation reveals the new OV-chipkaart will cost at least EUR 100M than expected due to poor planning.

8 October 2008

AMSTERDAM -- The introduction of the public transport chip card (OV-chipkaart) is going to be more expensive than planned.

An investigation conducted for the Ministry of Transport revealed that it will cost at least EUR 100 million over the EUR 250 million originally budgeted. In addition, the commission conducting the investigation said EUR 18 million per year would probably need to be reserved for unexpected difficulties.

The commission blamed the increased cost on Deputy Transport Minister Tineke Huizinga and the transport companies. It said they carelessly organised the introduction and cooperated poorly.

The chip card is intended to replace the strip card (strippenkaart) and train tickets. It was scheduled to be introduced in 2009.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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