RotterdamMetroLover wrote:Yes, due to accidents Line 51 is going to be shorted to Station Zuid, Tramline 5 will replace the route of 51 from zuid to Amstelveen.
No, not due to accidents. It is due to the fact that the A10 ringway around Amsterdam will be moved underground at Station Zuid, and the station itself will be changed; the metro platfoms are going to move to another location. Those two things combined will mean there is no more place for the connecting tunnel between the current metro platforms and the line to Amstelveen.
Also, the extension of the line to Uithoorn is being planned, and on that line is no room for high platforms, as part of the route will have to be shared with buslines. So there is only place for low-floor trams.
Metro (/Sneltram) 51 will not run to Amstelveen anymore, but will probably be diverted to Isolatorweg (from Station Zuid, along the route of line 50). Line 5 will run it's current route to Amstelveen Stadshart, and a new line will be started with low floor trams between Station Zuid and Amstelveen Westwijk, and later to be extended to Uithoorn (along the route of a former railway which was removed around 1975), where it will end next to the former (still existing) station building.
And to keep on topic; the OV Chipcard check-in/out will be at the doors inside the vehicles.