Brussels public transport operator STIB has ordered 30 new tram-trains which will in part serve to extend their services to the north of the city, and will increase the company’s transport capacity by 15 per cent.
The majority of the new trains will be put in circulation in the Tour & Taxis and Neder-over-Heembeek areas, located near the Laeken municipality, but some will also be used in the rest of the city’s transport network.
The new vehicles, commissioned this week, will be the newest addition to the Brussels public transport fleet, which in 2018 had already acquired 60 “new generation” trams.
“We want to extend our capital’s tram network,” Brussels’ minister of mobility, Pascal Smet, said. “This new order (…) will allow us to go one step further in our planning for new [transport] lines.”
In total, the 90 new tram-trains, commissioned to Canadian transportation manufacturer Bombardier, will allow STIB to transport 10,000 more passengers, an increase of 15 per cent in their transportation capacity.
The newest acquisitions will eventually serve to phase out the older units, and according to a statement by STIB, the first trams of the new fleet will be put in circulation in 2020.