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To what extent participants behavior changes reduced overall congestion between Zoetermeer and The Hague is not (yet) clear. However, the changes themselves are described in the following figures.
A reduction of rush-hours car trips by about 50% was observed. This reduction was obtained mainly by rescheduling trips to earlier or later points in time. A shift to public transport occurred, but with a moderate percentage.
One special circumstance was the delay of public transport project RandstadRail. The original reason to schedule the trial during Autumn 2006 was the redesign of the local rail network between The Hague and Zoetermeer during Summer 2006. The plan was to convert the local heavy-rail loop into a light rail operation and to link it to the existing light rail system of The Hague. As the start of the trial approached, however, it became clear that construction planning had gone off track and that the trial would have to start with reduced rail operations (mainline rail only). A roughly scheduled bus replacement service continued to operate after the summer. However, this bus service was not sufficient to substitute the traditional local rail service: during rush-hours, in fact, there were always delays.
At this point, no environmental effects are known.
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