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GVB contact information

The GVB -or Gemeentevervoerbedrijf Amsterdam in full- is the municipal transport company. With it's four daughtercompanies trambedrijf (tram), sector veren (ferries), metrobedrijf (metro/sneltram) and busbedrijf (bus) it is responsible for the exploitation of tram, ferry, metro and most buslines in the city.

The company can be contacted through it's website gvb.nl. Unfortunately, the company is rather slow with storing lost property. It takes them until 3 PM on the second weekday after you have lost an item. This means that if you lose something on a Friday, or weekend, they can not say if they found it before Tuesday 3pm! Inquiries can only be made at a service phone number (0900 8011; Monday through Friday, 9am - 4pm) that charges local rate but can only be reached from within the country. .

Brief history of the GVB

The prehistory of the GVB starts in 1872, when the Amsterdamsche Omnibus Maatschappij (AOM) is founded. The AOM was the first company to provide public transport in Amsterdam, at first by omnibus and later by horse-drawn tram. In 1900 Amsterdam takes over the AOM and renames it Gemeentetram Amsterdam. They promptly begin electrification of the service network and after 1903 horse-drawn trams are no longer used for regular services.

The Gemeentetram first uses buses in 1922. The growth of Amsterdam made it necessary to expand the service network and when crossing the river IJ or railway tracks created a problem it was opted to make it a bus connection. Buses to Amsterdam-Noord used the ferries to cross the IJ, as some still do in the present.

Amsterdam had several ferry connections once (crossing the Rokin and Amstel for example) but only the ferries crossing the IJ are still in service. The first connection across the IJ was opened in 1880. Since 1897 the ferries are also operated by a branch of the city of Amsterdam. It was originally named Gemeentestoomponten and later renamed Gemeenteveren.

The Gemeentetram and Gemeenteveren merged into Gemeentevervoerbedrijf Amsterdam in 1943.

The first metro connections, from Gaasperplas and Holendrecht to the Weesperplein, were opened in 1977. The tracks between Weesperplein and Centraal Station were finished in 1980. The metroline to Holendrecht was extended to Gein in 1982. The sneltram to Amstelveen was first operated in 1990, and extended with 3 stops in 2004. The latest sneltram connection, the Ringlijn, has opened in May 1997. In 2005 the new tram line 26 to IJburg was opened. Although it is a "normal" tram, it runs on separated tracks (separated from other traffic that is) almost all the way.