Brussels to introduce first tram bus in December
The first tram bus of a transport company, De Lijn, will transport passengers on the northern outskirts of Brussels. When the tram-bus first was announced in April of this year, it was said to be operational by September. However, the announced deadline was exceeded because some permissions were still lacking. The public transport company now hopes travelers will be able to get on the vehicle by December.
The tram bus will be twice as long as a standard bus (24 meters) and can transport 137 people. The vehicle combines the advantages of a bus and a tram, explained Minister of Mobility, Ben Weyts (N-VA) in April. It is flexible because there are no rails or overhead wires, but it has the dimensions and the comfort of a tram. They are less noisy but more expensive (850.000 euros per unit) than a classic hybrid bus (300.000 euros).
De Lijn wants to implement 14 of those vehicles on the existing line 820 between Jette, Vilvoorde, and Brussels Airport. The tram buses will be built by the Flemish bus manufacturer Van Hool in Koningshooikt (Flanders, Belgium).