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Belgium - Articles and news items

Brussels: from a city for cars to a city for people…

Issue 2 2016  •  3 May 2016  •  Pascal Smet, Minister of Mobility and Public Works, Brussels

Brussels needs a new balance. We need to move from being a city for cars to a city for people. There’s no denying that Brussels has too many cars. Urban planning dating back to the 1950s and 1960s placed cars centrally in the city’s design. Over the last couple of decades, our Belgian tax policy has aggravated the situation: living outside cities is more profitable as taxes are lower and company cars are an indirect way to give people extra income, often with a fuel card which means travelling by car is almost free. The result for Brussels: of 400,000 commuters coming in and out of our city every day, 230,000 do so by car, often individually…

Brussels is modernising and extending its metro network

Issue 2 2016  •  3 May 2016  •  Luc Bioul and Luc Derie, STIB

370 million journeys are undertaken each year in the Belgian capital and year on year increasing use is being made of the buses, trams and metros belonging to the Brussels Public Transport Company (STIB). In order to keep up with the ever increasing number of travellers – and continue to provide them with high-quality, efficient public transport – STIB is working on large-scale sites, three of which are directly related to the backbone of its network: the metro. In an interview with Eurotransport, Luc Bioul and Luc Derie of STIB illustrate how the creation of a new line, the conversion of a section of pre-metro into metro, and the modernisation of its signalling is set to change the face of Brussels’ public transport over the coming years…

TETRA – secure communications for public transport

Issue 1 2016  •  25 February 2016  •  Eurotransport

Public transport companies around the world increasingly rely on secure, protected and highly available communication solutions. This market offers huge potential, and is steadily evolving as communications technology advances. TETRA voice and data communications play a major role in safeguarding public transport networks, and operators who deploy TETRA benefit from its many advantages…

 

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