Brussels to update 30 out of 50 bus lines
The Brussels’ regional government has approved the plan to modernize and update the Belgian capital’s STIB/MIVB bus network. In total 30 of 50 bus lines will be updated and six totally new ones rolled out. The plan 2018 – 2021 foresees buying 235 new hybrid buses and 37 electric ones.
The idea is to reinforce capacity on the most frequented lines, offer better frequencies and serve new or poorly served quarters and important sites of the capital.
Six new lines
Six new lines will be created: from Neder-over-Hembeek over Schaerbeek to the European district (line 56), Anderlecht – Forest Centre – Uccle (74), an electric Citybus in the pedestrian zone (33), Uccle centre to the station of Linkebeek and Albert in Forest (37), Forest to Brussels centre (52) and an extra bus line from the Industrial Boulevard to the South Station (68).
The plan will be executed progressively between 2018 and 2021. New supplementary vehicles have to be delivered, bus stops adapted and new terminals created and in total some 900 new staff is to be hired.
A new internet site www.planbusstib.be gives an overview of the changes in the Brussels bus network and will feature in the near future an interactive map comparing the actual situation with the new one.