Bisa: nearly half a million cars registered in Brussels

September 22, 2022

When the Good Move plan and the new parking ordinance were introduced in Brussels, it was already clear that 53% of Brussels households do not own a car on average. That average rises to 70% among the poorest quarter of the population. Still, there are nearly half a million cars registered in Brussels. A new […]

Temporary €1 per day fare for bus and tram in Flanders?

September 21, 2022

Government party Open Vld wants the Fleming to be able to travel unlimitedly by bus or tram during the winter months for one euro a day. This reports De Morgen, and the news has been confirmed to press agency Belga. According to De Morgen, Flemish Mobility Minister Lydia Peeters (Open Vld) has put a striking […]

NMBS/SNCB wants to make train tickets 10% more expensive

September 19, 2022

Belgian public railway company NMBS/SNCB wants to make train tickets about 10% more expensive starting in February, the newspaper De Tijd wrote on Saturday. Minister for Mobility Georges Gilkinet (Ecolo) is working on solutions to ensure that train passengers experience as little impact as possible from the rising costs facing NMBS/SNCB. The price increase consists […]

D’Ieteren’s Taxis Verts first cab on hydrogen is a Toyota

September 16, 2022

On this Friday, 16 September, Brussels sees the first taxi on hydrogen hitting the streets. It’s a member of the fleet of 500 taxis of Taxis Verts, owned since March by D’Ieteren Automotive. By the lack of a hydrogen car in its portfolio of Volkswagen brands, the D’Ieteren daughter had to fall back on Toyota […]

Solaris launches Urbino 18 articulated hydrogen bus

September 15, 2022

Polish bus manufacturer Solaris has unveiled its Urbino 18 articulated hydrogen bus, a second zero-emission model with a fuel cell, which complements the existing Urbino 12. It adds space for up to 140 passengers while keeping the same 350 km estimated range, thanks to the addition of three extra hydrogen tanks. The Solaris Urbino 18 […]

Alstom puts its ‘high-speed train of the future’ on rails

September 12, 2022

In the coastal town of La Rochelle, French train manufacturer Alstom has put its ‘high-speed train of the future’, successor to today’s TGVs, on rails for the first time. Just for a few meters at creeping speed, pushed by a large truck, for now, this train will travel at 320 km/hour. The current generation set […]

NMBS/SNCB to launch collect system for groceries in 50 stations

September 07, 2022

After a successful pilot project in a few Belgian train stations last year, the national railway company NMBS/SNCB wants to expand its collect system for fresh groceries to more than fifty stations in Belgium. NMBS/SNCB intends to launch the concept by spring next year and is looking for candidate distributors to deliver fresh food. The […]

French train drivers to adopt ‘eco-driving’ to save 10% on energy

September 06, 2022

The French government has asked public railway company SNCF to save energy but not to run fewer trains this winter in the event of a power shortage. SNCF is energy supplier EDF’s leading industrial customer, with 1% to 2% of total French electricity consumption. It has been stepping up its efforts to reduce energy consumption […]

Gilkinet wants to drop VAT on Belgian public transport tickets

September 06, 2022

Federal Minister of Mobility Georges Gilkinet (Ecolo) wants to abolish VAT on public transport tickets. This is what the newspaper L’Avenir reports. Gilkinet says that he put this measure on the table during the preparation of the Consultation Committee on energy prices last week. The measure would cost just under 100 million euros. “For the […]

Hardly handful of Belgian SMEs tempted by ‘mobility budget’

September 02, 2022

The federal mobility budget, introduced for employees as an alternative to their company cars, is not really persuasive. A survey by SD Worx shows that three years after its introduction, hardly 2% of Flemish employers offer their employees this sustainable mobility solution. In Brussels, the formula is slightly more popular (8%), while in Wallonia, less […]

Poppy launches 1 500 shared e-scooters in Brussels

September 01, 2022

Poppy, the 100% Belgian shared mobility provider from D’Ieteren, will launch more than 1 500 shared e-scooters in Brussels. It’s the only app in Brussels to offer shared cars, vans, and e-scooters. In hardly four years, Poppy built up a fleet of 750 shared cars, and 2 000 shared e-scooters in cities like Antwerp, Brussels, […]

Deutsche Bahn considers cheap ‘summer ticket’ huge success

August 29, 2022

According to the German public railway company, Deutsche Bahn, the cheap monthly ticket they introduced for almost unlimited use of train transport was a huge success. Last June, July, and August, Deutsche Bahn alone sold 26 million of those monthly tickets. The tickets will be valid until the end of August. The tickets cost nine […]

Almost 600 Mechelen residents tried out free ‘mobility package’

August 26, 2022

The ‘try-out’ mobility package Mechelen launched last year in August is a success. The idea was simple but brilliant: anyone who moved to Malines could apply for a free mobility package containing a free monthly subscription for one month to public transport company De Lijn, combined with shared cars and e-bikes from Cambio and Blue […]

De Lijn preps Genk depot with chargers for e-buses

August 25, 2022

De Lijn’s depot in Genk-Winterslag is currently being equipped with charging stations for electric buses. Public transport company De Lijn has started preparational works to install superchargers. About 20 parking places for buses will be equipped with charging points. De Lijn has an ambitious plan to offer its customers 100% emission-free public transport as of […]

World’s first: hydrogen replaces diesel on German regional train line

August 25, 2022

After more than three years of fruitful testing with two trains, the German regional line between Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervörde, and Buxtehude is now officially the world’s first passenger train line where hydrogen replaces diesel completely. Fourteen Alstom Coradia iLint trains will service the 100 km trajectory on a daily base. At the same time, Linde […]

Infrabel’s Brussels ‘Carwash junction’ focuses on freight transport

August 23, 2022

In Schaarbeek, the railway infrastructure manager Infrabel started this summer with the renewal of the so-called Carwash junction, which forms the gateway to the Schaerbeek-Formation tracks. This is the largest switch renewal in Brussels in recent years, representing an investment of over 10 million euros. The renovation of the railway intersections, which will be finished […]

Gwendoline Cazenave new CEO of Eurostar Group

August 23, 2022

Gwendoline Cazenave will be the new CEO of Eurostar Group, the coordinating holding of Eurostar and Thalys. She will get to work as of October 1st. Eurostar Group announced the news on Monday. Cazenave is an old hand in the railway business. She can rely on twenty years of experience as manager of the French […]

SNCF orders 15 additional new-generation TGVs from Alstom

August 19, 2022

The French railways SNCF have placed an order with Alstom for 15 extra new-generation TGVs, in addition to the 100 already bought four years ago. SNCF does this to meet traffic growth, “which is higher than initially forecast”, and to launch trains abroad. The contract, worth nearly 590 million euros, concerns four-cycle TGVs which, Alstom […]

Old depot in Lochristi shelters 12 vintage buses of De Lijn

August 19, 2022

Public transport company De Lijn has put one of its old depots in Lochristi at the disposal of NostalBus, a non-profit organization that collects, restores, and maintains historical buses. Twelve buses from the period between 1977 and 1991 will be used again for events. To celebrate the collection’s new accommodation, NostalBus will organize an open-house […]

Estonian Bolt quadrupled worldwide activities since pandemic

August 17, 2022

The Estonian micro-mobility platform, Bolt, celebrates its ninth birthday in Europe, and business is booming. The company with the green vehicle fleet has quadrupled its activities worldwide since the beginning of the corona pandemic. July 2022 was the most successful month ever. Bolt is operational in Belgium since last year, and meanwhile, one can find […]

Flanders to accelerate Basic Accessibility Plan for public transport

August 12, 2022

Flemish Minister of Mobility Lydia Peeters (Open Vld) wants to accelerate the rollout of the Basic Accessibility Plan. A complete reorganization of public transport and to align all levels of it. The concept was launched in 2015, and approved in 2019, but never realized. After several delays and adjustments to the timing, Minister Peeters now […]

Antwerp Waterbus welcomes 2,5 millionth passenger

August 10, 2022

In Antwerp, the 2,5 millionth passenger on the Waterbus that travels down the Scheldt was honored on Tuesday. According to the Flemish government, which is funding the project, the Waterbus is very popular and has left behind the logical dip of the corona period. One in three passengers also takes a bicycle on board, which […]

Donkey Republic launches first of 1.650 shared e-bikes in Antwerp

August 10, 2022

Antwerp has kicked off the rollout of an extensive shared e-bicycle network. In May, the city announced that the 32 municipalities of the Antwerp transport region and the Waasland would start to launch a large shared e-bike platform. In the meantime, the first bright orange bicycles are driving around the metropolis. On May 11th, Antwerp […]

NMBS/SNCB obtains building permit for new head office

August 04, 2022

The Brussels region has issued the building permit for the renovation and extension of the former postal sorting office at Brussels-Midi station. This was announced by Pascal Smet (one.brussels-Vooruit), State Secretary for Town Planning in Brussels. The Belgian rail company NMBS/SNCB will accommodate its headquarters and many other activities in the future building. A consortium […]

Belgian rail’s merchandising socks sold out in one day

August 03, 2022

The national railroad company NMBS/SNCB has launched a remarkable summer campaign. The company sells promotional products like socks, bucket hats, or banana bags with the logo of NMBS/SNCB, and T-shirts and sweaters with the name of a station on them. Train fanatics can choose between 550 different station names. The products are only available online […]

Belgian rail: almost 22 000 passenger trains canceled in 2022

August 01, 2022

In the first six months of the year, 21 856 passenger trains on the Belgian rail network were canceled due to staff shortage. That is more than in 2017. If the situation does not improve, the 2016 record will be broken. The most important culprit seems to be the national rail, NMBS/SNCB. The company struggles […]

VIAS: ‘Young people less eager to drive a car’

July 28, 2022

Young people, especially those between 18 and 34 years old, drive less by car. As a result, the share of kilometers they traveled as car drivers has decreased from 55% in 2019 to 45% in 2022. This is evident from the mobility barometer of safety institute Vias, based on an online survey of a representative […]

Antwerp Flyinggroup orders 50 electric VTOL airplanes

July 18, 2022

The Antwerp-based private aircraft company Flyinggroup has ordered 50 e-VTOL VX4 airplanes from British Vertical Aerospace (Vertical), a pioneer in electric aviation. Delivery is expected by 2025. Flyinggroup, headquartered in Deurne (Antwerp), manages a fleet of more than 45 private planes in Europe and the Middle East, of which 15 are stationed in Antwerp. Now, […]

French railway boss wants €100 billion to decarbonize transport

July 14, 2022

SNCF boss Jean-Pierre Farandou has estimated the need for additional investment in French railways at around 100 billion euros over fifteen years. This is to help decarbonize transport by doubling the share of trains. To achieve this objective, the president of the French railway company defended several projects that will require an investment that is […]

De Lijn goes for PSI Transcom’s charging management

July 12, 2022

Flemish public transport company De Lijn has decided to opt for the PSI eBus charging and depot management system from the German PSI Transcom. The PSI software package will control the charging processes of the electric buses and monitor all movements of the buses in De Lijn’s depots. The contract represents an amount of € […]

Turkish Karsan e-ATAK first autonomous midibus on European roads

July 11, 2022

For a few weeks now, an e-ATAK eight-meter-long midibus of Turkish light commercial vehicle builder and bus manufacturer Karsan has been running autonomously on a daily service from Stavanger’s bus operator Kolumbus in Norway. It’s equipped with autonomous Level 4 driving hardware and software supplied by Californian company Adastec and is claimed to be the […]

Ghent to get ten kilometers of new tramlines

July 08, 2022

In Ghent, ‘Gentspoort’ was officially launched on Thursday. With this project, which you can translate as ‘Ghent tracks’, the Flemish government wants to offer an answer to some persistent mobility bottlenecks in and around the city. For example, there will be new tram lines, and the ring road will be partly relocated, including at the […]

De Lijn gains autonomy but concedes ground to private partners

July 04, 2022

Public transport company De Lijn is going through a small revolution: the company will get more autonomy as of 2023. It will be free to put together its offer and define its fares. Until now, all fare changes had to be submitted to the Flemish government. At the same time, De Lijn’s partners will play […]

Survey: more Belgians see (night) train as alternative for trips abroad

June 24, 2022

More and more Belgians are convinced that the (night) train is the ideal mode of transport for trips abroad. According to the Federal Mobility and Transport Agency’s survey, most travelers consider the train the perfect solution for a trip to Paris, London, or other popular European destinations like Amsterdam, Berlin, and Vienna. In the proper […]

Belgian rail: unlimited by train during summer for 59 euros

June 17, 2022

This summer, the Belgian national railway company NMBS/SNCB launches a special ‘off-peak summer subscription’ that allows passengers unlimited access to all train transport. The subscription ticket costs 59 euros (or €99 for two) and can be used on weekdays (from 9 a.m.), weekends, and holidays (all day). This new formula, however, is only available for […]

De Lijn campaign: ‘Join us on journey toward less CO2’

June 15, 2022

The Flemish public transport company De Lijn launched a new campaign on Tuesday to convince people to travel more by bus and tram. The campaign specifically focuses on sustainability and reducing CO2 emissions and does so under the slogan “Join us on the journey toward less CO2”. For the campaign, De Lijn’s electric buses, of […]

Belgian rail to cut 2.000 jobs in ten years

June 15, 2022

Despite the 666 new job recruitments of train drivers and conductors, the Belgian railway company NMBS/SNCB will cut 1 771 jobs in the coming ten years. On the other hand, the 666 new jobs will expand the train offer by 10%. Rail manager Infrabel will cut 900 jobs by 2032. The company estimates to need […]

Mechelen has first autonomous shuttle on public roads

June 14, 2022

Flanders has launched its first autonomous shuttle service in Mechelen. The vehicle will be operational in and around the industrial zone of Mechelen North and cover a 2,5 km loop in fifteen minutes. The top speed is about 15 km/hour. Although a driver is unnecessary, the shuttle still has a steward on board, just for […]

TEC to charge 18 to 24-year-olds one euro per month

June 10, 2022

From 1 September, a season ticket with the TEC, the Walloon public transport company, will cost 1 euro a month for people aged between 18 and 24. This rate change will be implemented a year earlier than first announced, Walloon Minister of Mobility Philippe Henry (Ecolo) confirmed on Thursday. The TEC pass will thus cost […]

‘Belgium is EU’s leader in corporate mobility’

June 10, 2022

According to a survey by the Smart Mobility Institute, partnered with consultancy giant Deloitte, Belgian companies have the highest maturity for mobility in Europe. This pole position is mainly attributed to the mobility budget put in place by the government for driving the switch from company cars to alternative mobility solutions. However, it doesn’t imply […]

Flibco: new shuttle bus service to and from Brussels Airport

June 10, 2022

Flibco.com, a private company that already organizes transport to and from airports like Charerloi, will launch a new passenger transport service to and from Brussel Airport as of June 23rd. The company will be operational in several major cities in Flanders, the Netherlands, and France. And it will operate day and night. Flibco will provide […]

Ghent has 1.450 shared (e)-bikes available

June 09, 2022

In April, the city of Ghent announced the introduction of more shared bicycles in the city. The Danish Donkey Republic, already active in the city for three years, will get new permission for its 500 bright orange city bikes. On top of that, Mobit will launch 200 green city bikes and Dott will offer Ghent’s […]

Van Hool launches new zero-emission bus line-up

June 09, 2022

Belgian bus manufacturer Van Hool has just launched a new model range of zero-emission public transport buses and coaches for local transport at the Paris European Mobility Expo. Bus manufacturer VanHool is a family business from Belgian Koningshooikt (near the city of Lier), 75 years old in 2022, and primarily builds vehicles for Europe and […]

New plans for Infrabel and NMBS/SNCB are ready

June 02, 2022

Belgian rail network manager Infrabel has the investment plan for the next ten years ready. The federal government must now decide how much money it can release for this and what demands it is now making of Infrabel in exchange for subsidies. The company hopes to have clarity by the end of this year. Railway […]

De Lijn has a plan, now it needs a new management agreement

June 01, 2022

Things aren’t going well for Flemish public bus operator De Lijn. As a result of the coronavirus, the numbers for passenger traffic lie about 40% lower than before the pandemic. It caused, among other things, a loss of 6 million euros. Like in 2020, the Flemish government absorbed this impact with an extra corona allowance. […]

Paris-Berlin TGV line for late 2023

May 25, 2022

On Tuesday, the CEO of the French railway operator SNCF, Jean-Pierre Farandou, announced that a new high-speed TGV line linking Paris to Berlin was in the making. It should be operational by December 2023, and connecting the two capital cities is around seven hours. “A few years ago, we thought it was a bit long, […]

London finally opens Elizabeth Line

May 25, 2022

Four years and five months late and three billion pounds over budget, London’s new Elizabeth Line finally opened yesterday. The Crossrail project is a 118 km railway line, which links Essex in the east to Reading in the west, tunneling underground through Central London. By 2026, Transport for London (TfL) estimates that the Elizabeth Line […]

Brussels Airport wants to cut short-haul flights

May 24, 2022

In an objective to renew the airport of Zaventem into a multimodal hub based on a more environmental-friendly strategy, her CEO Arnaud Feist wants to exchange short-haul flights with high-speed train connections. While pointing at how Brussels Airport was one of the first in Europe with an integrated train station, he also puts the ball […]

Express tram between Hasselt and Maastricht replaced by tram bus

May 24, 2022

The decision has been made on the almost 18-year-old plans for a tram connection between Hasselt and Maastricht: the Flemish government is shelving the plans for an express tram between the two Limburg capitals. Instead, there will be an electric tram bus with maximum free bedding. In the longer term, the aim is fully autonomous […]

Thalys stops low-cost IZY trains

May 19, 2022

After more than six years, high-speed train operator Thalys is canceling its IZY low-cost offer.  With the IZY trains, you could travel between Brussels and Paris for 10 euros, although it took an hour longer because it did not run on high-speed rail in France. On 10 July, IZY will run for the last time. […]

NMBS/SNCB wants 10% more trains and 30% more passengers by 2030

May 16, 2022

The board of directors has validated the ambitious draft business plan and investment plan up to 2032 for the NMBS/SNCB on Friday. They agreed on a 10% increase in train capacity, which must bring about a 30% growth in passenger numbers by 2032. Minister of Mobility Georges Gilkinet says that he will ensure that the […]

MIVB/STIB donates scrapped diesel buses to Cuba

May 10, 2022

Brussels public transport company MIVB/STIB has offered 30 decommissioned buses to Cuba. It concerns 20 Van Hool A330 D1 buses and 10 Mercedes Citaro articulated buses. They are Euro 4 buses, which, under the low-emission zone (LEZ), are no longer allowed in the Brussels region from 1 January 2022. According to the newspaper La Dernière […]

Belgian government approves Railway Vision 2040

May 09, 2022

Luring more people and companies on the train, with a connection every 15 minutes around the big cities. These are some of the spearheads of Railway Vision 2040, the plan with which Minister of Mobility Georges Gilkinet (Ecolo) wants to guide the Belgian railway policy for the next 20 years. The Council of Ministers approved […]

Brussels’Air mobility bonus is on the rise

May 06, 2022

The new version of the Brussels’Air premium, which has been awarded to motorists who give up their car in the capital since the beginning of March, is a great success. So says the Brussels Minister responsible for Climate Transition Alain Maron (Ecolo). On Tuesday, Brussels Environment handed out the 700th premium, which in two months […]

Siemens rolls out its first hydrogen train

May 06, 2022

On Thursday, Siemens, the German multinational conglomerate corporation and the largest industrial manufacturing company in Europe, presented a new hydrogen train model at its factory in Krefeld. This first Mireo Plus H, as the model is called, was unveiled as part of the H2goedRail project, a joint endeavor with the German railway manager Deutsche Bahn. […]

Back in service: the Brussels Waterbus

May 05, 2022

Starting this week, passengers can again take the Waterbus between Brussels and Vilvoorde through the canal. Weekly operations come first, from July the service is extended to the weekend.  From 2 May to 31 October, the Vivaldi Waterbus will run every weekday between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. and between 1 July and 15 August […]

Norway considers to end EV privileges

May 05, 2022

In a television interview, Norwegian Minister of Transport Jon-Ivar Nygård has unveiled that the government is reconsidering the EV incentives that helped push electric car sales to almost 90%. Scrapping the benefits must get more people out of their cars. Free municipal parking. No tolls on ferries. Access to bus lanes. No annual road tax. […]

De Lijn buys three simulators to train tram drivers

May 05, 2022

The Flemish public transport company De Lijn invests 1,5 million euros in buying three tram simulators. So tram drivers no longer have to attend their practical training lessons alone in real trams and traffic situations. In the future, part of the training will be given virtually. De Lijn trains about 200 tram drivers annually. Some […]

Paris takes 149 e-buses off the road after two fires

May 02, 2022

On Friday, the RATP, the Autonomous Management of Parisian Transport, temporarily removed 149 electric buses from circulation as a precaution. The reason is two recent fires in such vehicles in the middle of the street in the French capital. The vehicles involved are from the Bolloré Bluebus 5SE series. On Friday, an e-bus running on […]

Merger between Eurostar and Thalys one step closer

May 02, 2022

Eurostar and Thalys, the two high-speed train operators planning to merge, have created an umbrella holding called Eurostar Group. Jacques Damas, CEO of Eurostar, will become the top executive of the new holding. Eurostar and Thalys will remain fully-fledged railway companies, with headquarters in London and Brussels, respectively. The holding will have its headquarters in […]