TU Delft and AMS Institute, among others, did research into the the transport, spatial and economic effects of the Noord/Zuidlijn (the Amsterdam subway). This research has been completed and recently presented to the regional council of the Transport region and the city council of the City of Amsterdam. Part of the results of the study are bundled in this visualization and shows what the commissioning of the new metro line means for the Amsterdam public transport network and the transport in the city. For the analysis of the transport movements and the visualization, GVB data from both before and after the Noord/Zuidlijn came into operation was used.

The visualization, designed by CLEVER°FRANKE, shows how the new public transport network is structured and what the impact is on the timetable and travel time for travelers. Travel time has improved or remained the same for 85-90% of travelers and a majority also benefits from more reliable public transport. Also, with the arrival of the North/South Line, there are fewer vehicles in the above-ground space and buses and streetcars have not become busier.

“Realizing a new public transport spine is an immense task for a city. The results - summarized in this interactive visualization - show that the implementation of the Noord/Zuidlijn has the intended positive impact on the daily lives of commuters in the city. Both in terms of accessibility, travel time and the experience of the above-ground public space around the new metro stations”

Stephan van Dijk

Director of Innovation

Niels van Oort, researcher at TU Delft and project lead of the study: "All travelers using the GVB network will save a total of 7,500 hours per weekday. For the region, that adds up to over two million hours of travel time savings per year. However, our findings also provided the impetus for follow-up research into social inclusion, focusing on (mobility) opportunities for everyone in society."

“Not only the new metro, but the entire public transport network changed, which provided a unique research opportunity. The multi-university approach led to a broad view of the impact on such a major change in the city."”

Niels van Oort

Assistant Professor & co-director of the Smart Public Transport Lab





Multi-university approach
The scientific research is a collaboration between AMS Institute, TU Delft, the UvA, VU and CWI (Centre for Math & Informatica). The findings of the study are useful not only for Amsterdam, but also for other cities worldwide looking to improve their public transport networks.

View the visualization with the research results at http://nzlijn.ams-institute.org/