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To alleviate the financial suffering for the target group that is hit hardest.

People with a lower income in fourteen North Holland municipalities can get free tickets to travel by public transport from Monday. According to NH News it concerns tickets for the bus, tram or metro in Amsterdam and the surrounding area. Approximately 95.000 families are eligible for up to eight cards per household over a one-year period.

Where the plan actually in April would go in, it is now next Monday, May 8th. Households earning up to 130 percent of the minimum income are eligible for the scheme and the tickets are valid for one and a half hours at a time. Families with two children can take a free trip twice a year in the area of ​​the Amsterdam Transport Region. This includes fourteen municipalities: Aalsmeer, Amstelveen, Amsterdam, Diemen, Edam-Volendam, Haarlemmermeer, Landsmeer, Oostzaan, Ouder-Amstel, Purmerend, Uithoorn, Waterland, Wormerland and Zaanstad.

"It is becoming increasingly difficult for many people to make ends meet. Because life has become a lot more expensive, it is no longer possible for many to take a trip. That is why we from the Amsterdam Transport Region like to come to people with a small grant They can use a few free public transport cards in the coming year."

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Alderman Melanie van der Horst - photographer Tom Feenstra

Financial suffering

The Amsterdam Transport Region is allocating 5 million euros to help families who are experiencing financial difficulties in this way. The 7 percent increase in public transport rates this year will hit households with a small budget hardest. The chairman of the transport region Melanie van der Horst, also a traffic alderman in Amsterdam, previously reported that she hopes that the action will "relieve the financial suffering for the target group that is hit hardest." Residents of the Transport Region who are eligible for the gift will be told in the course of this week through agencies such as the food bank how they can get the cards.

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The article in NH News was made by the Metropool editors. The editorial team is a collaboration between NH Nieuws, Omroep Flevoland and AT5 and is journalistically independent. The broadcasters receive a financial contribution from the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area (AMA).

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