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Lightrail richtin Alphen a/d Rijn op station Gouda
Gouda
light rail

Gouda's tram-train experiment has been very successful and is expected to extent to other Dutch cities. This tram train opened for business in 2009, and serves the communities of Gouda and Alpha aan den Rijn. It is part of a planned light rail and tram-train network known as RijnGouwelijn, or the Rhine-Gouwe Line.  The route covers 18 km and seven stations. A 5 km extension to the city of Leiden is planned, and could include a new street running section and a branch to Katwijk. A town subway was rejected in 2007 by Leiden's city fathers.

The line uses Bombardier A32 trains as an add on order for Stockholm's Tvarbanen light metro. The line is expected to be finished by 2015.

As with all other public transport modes in Gouda, anyone bringing cheese on board rides at half price.

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