The municipality of Westerwolde is looking for a carrier for the shuttle bus from Emmen station to the registration center in Ter Apel of the Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers (COA). The municipality wants the contract to start as soon as possible after award. The new carrier must start driving by 1 January 2019 at the latest. The contract has a term of four years. There is no option to extend.

The first two years of the contract there will be a day-covering timetable. In 2025 and 2026 the timetable cannot yet be predicted, the municipality states in an explanation of the tender. How often the shuttle bus will run in the last few years largely depends on the measures that the government is still taking to reduce the nuisance caused by certain groups of asylum seekers. In order to offer the transport company also security for 2025 and 2026, the municipality of Westerwolde assumes a minimum turnover of respectively 60 percent and 30 percent of a full day timetable. If, after all, there are more journeys in the last two contract years, the journeys actually made will be reimbursed.

The municipality expects to be able to announce the award at the beginning of August. The contract must take effect on January 1. When selecting, the municipality considers both price and quality. Price counts for 40 percent in the weighting, quality for 40 percent. The current shuttle bus carrier is Drenthe Tours.

Shuttle bus continues to run longer Two months ago, the Ministry of Justice and Safety has already known that the period that the shuttle bus can run between Emmen station and the registration center in Ter Apel will be extended. The special shuttle bus was created in 2019 because of the nuisance caused by some asylum seekers on the regular bus line 73 between Emmen and Ter Apel. At first it was a pilot, but it was extended after a few months when it turned out that nuisance had decreased.

In time, the bus should become redundant. The ministry believes that structural measures should be taken to counteract the nuisance. It has been agreed with the municipality of Westerwolde that the shuttle bus will be phased out as soon as possible.

Safety To prevent nuisance in the To reduce the number of regular public transport buses to Ter Apel, all kinds of agreements have been made between the trade union FNV and public transport operator Qbuzz. For example, the shuttle bus has been running longer, new check-in equipment has been installed, camera surveillance at the bus stop of line 73 in Ter Apel and extra supervision at the station. Furthermore, there are hosts and hosts at Emmen station to point out the target group to the shuttle bus.

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