Single public transport ticket for wide Brussels’ region
Jean-Pierre Hansen, Regional train (RER/GEN) Piloting Committee president, has announced this Wednesday to the Chamber’s infrastructure commission that he struck a deal with all public transport companies. A single ticket and single pass system will be available in mid-2019 for Brussels and outskirts in a zone stretching up to 11,5 kilometres around the Great Market Square. He also suggested the creation of an ‘RER/GEN agency’.
“It cost me six and a half months of negotiations but we’ve arrived at a proposition that will be submitted to the Executive Committee of Mobility Ministers (CEMM) this Monday”, declared Regional train (RER/GEN) Piloting Committee president, Jean-Pierre Hansen. On Wednesday, he was invited to speak of his work’s progress in front of the Chamber’s infrastructure commission.
Single ticket system for Brussels’ outskirts
A single ticket system that groups all four public transport actors (SNCB/NMBS, Stib/Mivb, TEC and De Lijn) is already in place on the Brussels Region (Jump & MTB). Jean-Pierre Hansen’s proposition is to offer an extended version of this grouped ticket available in a zone stretching out on 11,5 kilometres around Brussel’s Great Market Square, thus exceeding the Region’s border. It will be available in mid-2019.
The prices of those Jump+ ticket and MTB+ pass haven’t been determined yet. According to Jean-Pierre Hansen, it will have as a consequence a 1,7% modal shift from car to public transport. “It’s not much, but it’s not nothing”, adds the president. In the future, those tickets should cover the whole RER/GEN zone of 30 km.
Still no regional train
“The RER/GEN project has lacked any sense of urgency for thirty years. Between 2009 and 2016, the Piloting Committee has met seven times on the 42 dates planned”, deplores its president. “Since I took over (2017), there’s one meeting a week.” Mr Hansen reminded that his committee has many jobs in hands, such as the coordinated development of stations, the coordination of transport plans, the monitoring of Infrabel’s rail works, the single ticket system, marketing and more.
‘If we want things to go faster, we need to create an agency’
To accelerate the regional network’s development, Jean-Pierre Hansen has put forward the idea of a managing agency that would take decisions faster, as Federal Mobility Minister, François Bellot (MR), suggested for Mobility last Friday. The RER/GEN agency won’t be subject to the unanimity rule.
“If we want things to go faster, we need to create a dedicated agency. Other cities have done it, such as Paris, Stuttgart or Seoul”, adds Jean-Pierre Hansen. Finally, many deputies from the commission asked him on an end date for the RER/GEN construction works. “I have no idea”, humbly replied the Piloting Committee president.