Second opinion on the costs and benefits of the Uithof Line (Dutch)

In the SCBA, the calculations for passenger volumes and order of magnitude of most effects for the HOV Utrecht Central – Uithof Line are plausible. However, the effects that future capacity shortfalls will have on operating the line are seemingly overestimated. Consequently, the impact that extra waiting times and effects will have on passenger perceptions of reliability are also seemingly overestimated. There is also an option of using buses in order to better utilise the existing situation. Ultimately, KiM estimates the cost-benefit ratio at between 0.6 and 1.0.

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These conclusions stem the KiM Netherlands Institute for Transport Policy Analysis' second opinion on the business case, a transport value study and a Social Cost-Benefit Analysis (SCBA) of the various options available for a high-value public transport line between Utrecht Central and the Uithof. These studies were conducted by the regional government in order to support its request for funding from the national government. The second opinion was conducted at the request of the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment.