walkitout (walkitout) wrote,
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The Grass Actually Is Not Greener: Dutch Train edition

http://www.ad.nl/ad/nl/1012/Nederland/article/detail/4212723/2015/12/22/NS-houdt-oude-treinen-in-de-running-tegen-de-drukte.dhtml

So the next time you're sitting around complaining about how we haven't kept up on maintenance on the train system or how full public transit is or whatever, and you want to say, "In Europe ...", well, the trains are full in the Netherlands, they are deferring less needed maintenance and pulling old trains back into use in an effort to keep up with demand, as well as trying to get people to travel other than at peak travel times.

Looked at one way, this is an indication of economic distress: people aren't driving, they are riding. Looked at another way, this is an indication of economic boom times: more people are going to work. I'm not sure which is the the case, altho I suspect more of the latter than the former.
Tags: economy, transportation
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