Goals of public transport policy
Public transport must become more accessible, more reliable and more efficient.
Travelling in comfort by public transport
The government wants public transport to be a viable alternative to driving. So public transport needs to be hassle-free. The government is encouraging public transport operators to make things as easy as possible for travellers. By providing up-to-date travel information, comfortable vehicles and a wide range of facilities at stations, for instance.
Better public transport connections
Railways are a vital part of the public transport network. Providing more services in the future means upgrading and expanding the tracks, and they are already heavily used. It also means optimising connections to other types of transport.
Cross-border public transport
The government is promoting cross-border public transport. There are various train services running from the Netherlands to the neighbouring countries of Belgium and Germany, as well as to other European countries. These train services have different routes, different timetables and different rules and rates.
Safe public transport
Everyone should feel safe when travelling by bus, tram, metro and train. That’s why the government has set out a national strategy to improve safety, together with all the parties within the public transport sector. Transport operators, unions, the police, provinces and metropolitan regions are all closely involved in carrying out this comprehensive strategy. The government also sets safety standards for materials and infrastructure.
Sustainable public transport
The government is aiming for a 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. To achieve this, central government is working with other government authorities and transport operators to encourage more people to use public transport.