Low-income Amsterdam residents can use free tickets from next year. Last week, the majority of the Regional Council, the main governing body of the Amsterdam Transport Region, voted in favor of this initiative. With this ticket you can travel freely for an hour and a half.
Tickets are due to be available from April 2023. They can be used on all buses, trams and metros in Amsterdam, Amstland, Zaanstreik and Waterland. District residents who earn up to 130 percent of the minimum income are eligible. Eight tickets can be ordered for each home address.
The initiative comes at a time when public transportation prices are rising sharply. Prices will be in 2023 at least 7 percent from this year.
Alderman Melanie van der Horst, who is also chair of the board of the transport district, hopes the measure will “alleviate the financial hardship of the most affected target group.” According to Van der Horst, the campaign will help an estimated 95,000 people.
Van der Horst hopes more Amsterdammers will receive a helping hand in the long run. “For example, by abolishing the value-added tax on tickets. We ask the Cabinet to act on this.”
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