Travelers and commuters in the Brussels-Capital Region can look forward to major improvements in local public transport. The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the region have signed a €475 million loan agreement (the largest ever EIB loan in Brussels) to modernize the region's urban transport fleet and make it more sustainable. The loan will finance the purchase of 94 electric buses, 90 trams and 43 metros and the renewal of 63 kilometers of track on existing tram and metro networks.
Brussels has been suffering economic losses for some time due to traffic jams and the medical consequences of air pollution. Now the regional government is trying to change the status quo by implementing the Good Move mobility plan, the cornerstone of which is to increase the offer of public transport. Once implemented, the improved infrastructure and new rolling stock financed by the EIB will make public transport more reliable, regular, frequent and accommodating. The ultimate goal is to make public transport more attractive than the car.
The purchase of the new rolling stock and the improvement of the existing infrastructure are part of a broader strategy to reduce the carbon footprint by STIB, the Brussels Intercommunal Transport Company. By 2030, STIB wants to reduce CO2 emissions by 39% compared to 2010. The new rolling stock will include 94 electric buses (70 articulated buses of 18 meters each and 24 regular buses of 12 meters), 90 TNG trams ( tram de nouvelle generation ) of 32 or 43 meters, and 43 metro trains of 94 meters. The project also includes installing equipment and adapting existing infrastructure to implement the new trams and metros, as well as renewing 63 kilometers of existing single-track tram and metro lines, improving the usability and availability of public transport, it said. the European Union.