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On Saturday we decided on an impromptu visit to a market in Rotterdam.
The ideal way to get there was by public transport. Not using a car is an important green lifestyle choice. If it’s possible to get there without one it’s great.
The Dutch are highly dependent on good transport solutions. The country is densely populated and the urban area are subject to congestion. Obviously the country works hard to create cycling infrastructure but the bike network also connects to other forms of travel.
To get to the Rotterdam park hosting this market, we started with a bus at the end of the road.
Then we left the tram and transferred to the metro.
This station is above street level. It’s served by a ramp and a lift to give disabled and buggy access. The buses run on the road below.
But look carefully at the picture and you might notice something.
Here’s another clue.
You may see that the doors of this carriage are below the level of the platform. The man on the platform can almost look over the carriage.
Aha! This isn’t a metro train its a tram. The team section of this station is further along.
The resident chef choose to illustrate this by standing on the lower platform. Trams stop down there and the metro trains stop at the top level.
This way the station is shared making it possible to overlap two different networks without extra space which would have been almost impossible to add in this and several other locations like this one.
The tram and train times are now shown on a live display together. There’s an automatic digital payment system which works on both tram and metro.
Very smart town planning.
Are there clever public transport solutions in your country?
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