The bus company was going bankrupt because their ridership was too small.
However, the documents also show the government has no evidence the plan will increase ridership or help the environment.
Indeed, Dutch railways argue that the relatively low cost of soft improvements means they will soon pay for themselves through increased ridership.
At that time, decreasing public transport ridership was often just accepted as inevitable and environmental issues were of little concern.
And trolleybuses will bring benefits such as higher ridership.