Kyle Sirignano, Kerry Mattie, Caleb
Roche, Patrick McNamara
• Amsterdam is below sea level.
• Drainage, plodders, and dykes are required
to make land prior to any construction.
• Dykes need to be watched for 5 years before
construction can begin.
• Land is hard to come by so buildings tend to
be densely clustered.
• The city and local government handles a lot.
– Constructing and maintaining residential
– Managing building permits for residential and
– Designing, maintaining, and governing the
‘Made-to-measure mobility’: opting for
low traffic levels within the Ring A10
• Limit cars impact in order to preserve livability and
accessibility within the city.
• Improving public transport and cycling facilities, providing
park and ride facilities, and boosting car sharing.
• PTA (personal travel assistant)
The bicycle as the key mode of
• Over the last 30 years, the municipal authority
of Amsterdam has worked hard on
– Bike lanes and bike paths.
– Pedestrian and bicycle friendly roads.
– Extensive bicycle network.
Bicycle Network of Amsterdam
Good for economy
Improved air quality
Reduced CO2 emissions
To achieve this by using small scale,
decentralized energy production.
(windmills, geothermal, and solar)
• 2015: 10,000 electric vehicles
– 5% emission free miles
• 2020: 40,000 electric vehicles
– 20% emission free mile
• 2040: 200,000 vehicles
– 100% emissions free miles
North/South Metro Line
• A very challenging and controversial project that has tested the
innovation of engineers in Amsterdam.
• 16 min journey with 4 min interval at peak hours.
• It will form an important transport artery through the central
districts to connect suburbs north of the River Ij, currently served
by frequent ferries, with the Amsterdam Zuid (south) transport
Department of Infrastructure
• Organization responsible for infrastructure and traffic management
• Designs, develops, maintains and improves the entire traffic
infrastructure of Amsterdam
• Works closely with other departments, boroughs, the metropolitan
region, the State, and with companies, interest groups, residents,
contractors, engineering firms, and transport companies to ensure
the accessibility of Amsterdam
Finance, Control, & Audit
Policies & Expertise
Management & Maintenance
Information, Services &
• Policies & Expertise
o Monitor, research, and forecast development of traffic and transport
o Implements infrastructure projects within frameworks and municipal policy
o Ensures the city remains accessible, livable, and safe
Smart Traffic Management
The city and national governments cooperate to
manage traffic flow in Amsterdam. Information from
both parties can be viewed simultaneously. In the
future they hope to incorporate GPS to help traffic
flow in the whole region.
Amsterdamsmartcity.com/projects/detail/id/58/slug/smart-trafficmanagement October 28th 5:31pm
Vehicle owners and those who don’t own vehicles can
now use “WeGo” to find one another, and vehicle
owners can rent their cars to non-vehicle owners in
their neighborhoods. Companies are also using this
technology for the sharing of company cars.
Amsterdamsmartcity.com/projects/detail/id/2/slug/wego-carsharing Oct 28 5:37pm
PUBLIC TRANSPORT SYSTEM ORGANISATION CHART
Public transport authorities
Modes of transport
Amsterdam Regional Council, or
ROA, manages the regional
coordination of the
transportation systems of 16
Amsterdam. It manages the
regional bus service and
oversees the income for the
metro, tram, bus and ferry
systems which are managed day
to day by the GBVA. The rail
system is managed by the
national government. They also
work with dIVV to develop plans
for infrastructure development
The Amsterdam Regional Council and the
GBVA coordinate together to manage the
transportation systems in the city
through a contract that is renewed every
year. In the contract the GBV is directed
on the number of service hours for each
mode of transport during the contract
year, they are allowed a 10% leeway to
allocate hours from one mode to
another. If the GBV wishes to move a
stop location, it must be presented to
and approved by the ROA. Interestingly
in light of the recent metro north
problems, if there is a problem with
equipment that will cause a delay longer
than two hours, that equipment must be
replaced by GBV.
• Guidelines for Road Design/Use
– State Awareness
• Amsterdam poses many challenges to
planners and designers.
• Amsterdam is a progressive city that is
planning towards livability, accessibility, and
sustainability for its residents.
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