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    De Lijn permanently ends cash payments

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    Flemish public transport company De Lijn is leaving cash payments behind for good, it announced on Wednesday.

    The end of cash as a payment method had been planned for later in the year, but the measure is being taken earlier as a result of the coronavirus crisis, which caused the company to stop accepting cash. That change has now been made permanent.

    Tickets can be bought in a Lijnwinkel (one of De Lijn’s stores) or another sales point, at a ticket machine, via text message, through De Lijn’s app, by internet or contactless, though the latter is currently only possible on trams.

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    The end of cash payments is part of De Lijn’s plan to become more modern. It also plans to become greener, and will no longer accept cardboard magnet-strip tickets as of 1 July, with a temporary exception for coastal trams, which will offer the possibility of using cardboard tickets until 30 September.

    Those who still have magnet-strip tickets can exchange them in stores, sales points and online, though no money will be returned.

    The Brussels Times