In the ever-growing Zeeburgereiland district in East Amsterdam, new schools are designing innovative measures to reduce congestion in public transport. This solution, supported by the city council of Amsterdam and the Municipal Transport Company (GVB), is aimed at spreading lesson times in future educational institutions.
Inholland, a university of applied sciences that is expected to open its doors to 2024 students in 6700, and Montessori Lyceum #2, which will welcome around 2025 students in 1100, set the tone for this change. By implementing staggered class times, these schools seek to create a more manageable flow of public transportation passengers, making the traveler experience more enjoyable.
“By spreading the lesson times, students and employees can avoid standing in the tram like sardines,” says an Inholland spokesperson. The university also notes that this strategy offers other benefits, such as fewer gaps in the timetables, which means that students have fewer gap hours.
This approach gets the support by Melanie van der Horst, Amsterdam's Traffic alderman, who hopes that other schools will follow suit. She sees the potential to apply this strategy in the broader context of urban planning and mobility.
Zeeburgereiland is an area where more and more people come to live, work and study. In response, more trams are being added to the public transport network and a ferry connection has been in operation since January. However, despite these adjustments, the rush hour remains busy and necessary for extra measures, the municipality notes.
This initiative of the schools, in collaboration with the city council and the GVB, illustrates the kind of flexibility and adaptability that is needed in our ever-changing cities. It is an important step towards a more sustainable, resilient and habitable city.