Improvement of Access to the Tram in Amsterdam

If people are not cycling in Amsterdam, they take the tram. The tram is a really convenient, fast and safe transport method. From Amsterdam Central Station many trams depart to other parts of the city. The GVB (public transport company) is increasing its accessibility, for people with disabilities, people with less mobility, people with baby buggies and people with heavy bags. New buses and trams increasingly have entrances on street level and space for wheelchairs and baby buggies. Older trams are less accessible for people in a wheelchair and other users that need better access. The older trams that are accessible have a ITS symbol at the accessible entrance. ITS means 'International Accessibility Symbol'.

Old trams
In Amsterdam you will notice different kind of trams. The older type trams are not all accessible. If they are accessible it has the pink ITS symbol at the accessible entrance. The non-accessible trams have high entrances with stairs and have narrow paths inside the tram. Some are also multileveled inside. The entrances and exits do not fit the platform level of the tram stops. The GVB developed maps and schedules which indicate the accessible stops and accessible tram routes. Currently the maps are only availble online in Dutch but when you arrive in Amsterdam you can pick up an English version at the GVB service desk, which is situated opposite to the South side of the station.

New trams
The new trams are increasingly accessible. The entrances are wider and low without stairs. The accessible entrance is located in the middle of the tram and has a special spot for a wheelchair, which is marked with a sign on the inside of the tram. Wheelchairs are prioritized over prams. Apart for a wheelchair accessible spot, the trams also have seats for people who are less mobile. The trams are on one level (not multileveled) and are also accessible for people with hearing or sight impairments. The next tram stop is shown on the multiple displays in the tram and is broadcasted. The stop buttons have braille.

The network map is displayed in the tram and at the tram stops. It is available online and at the GVB Tickets and Info desk The network map indicates which tram stops are accessible. The accessible tram stops are indicated with a black dot. See the network map here. On the flyers with departure times available for every tram the accessible tram stops are indicated with a full dot. This flyer explains it in Dutch.
Full dot: wheelchair accessible in both ways.
Half dot: wheelchair accessible one way.
Split dot: wheelchair accessible zone tram stop.

Departure times
The majority of trams go every 10 to 15 minutes. In the evenings the trams go less often and in the weekends the schedule is different. Most trams run from 07:00 AM untill between 12:30 AM. The schedules with maps are displayed at the tram stops and can be found on the website.The schedules indicate the tram routes that are not accessible with an A. See this example in Dutch.

Prices 2011
1 hour – € 2,60
24 hours (1 day) – € 7,00
48 hours (2 days) – € 11,50
72 hours (3 days) – € 15,50
96 hours (4 days) – € 19,50
120 hours (5 days) – € 24,00
144 hours (6 days) – € 27,50
168 hours (7 days) – € 30,00

The tickets can be bought at the GVB Ticket and Info desk or in the tram with the conductor. If you stay for more than 3 days, it can be convenient to buy the public transport Chipcard (OV-Chipkaart). This card can be used in the tram, bus, metro and train.

Source by Veroniek Maat

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