The new generation
The new buses, trams and metro trains designed by Axel Enthoven from Antwerp are characterised by their elegant lines. In 2005, he created a completely new look for the 3000 and 4000 series of trams and also adapted it for metro trains and buses. He drew his inspiration from the colours and lines of the Art Nouveau. The metallic grey base colour distinguishes these models from all other vehicles.
As part of the purchase of new vehicles, STIB is alert to the need to anticipate the strictest European standards in terms of polluting emissions. The trams and metro trains are electrically powered and, therefore, do not produce any direct polluting emissions. The contract concluded by STIB with the energy supplier on 1st January 2013 stipulates green electricity only. What's more, the metro even recovers a large part of the electricity when braking.
STIB also pays a great deal of attention to comfort. The new vehicles are therefore equipped with an air cooling system. Specific attention has been granted to the comfort of the seats and the use of space. An integral low floor and wide doors provide all passengers with easy access, including people with reduced mobility. There is a restricted area for wheelchairs in each vehicle.
The STIB lines and routes
STIB’s lines/routes stretch over approximately 650 km, including
- 40 km of metro lines
- 139 km of tram lines
- 445 km of bus routes
The metro alone carries more than 36,5% of STIB's passengers. The tram network carries 35,8% and the bus network 27,7%. Some 2,200 stops across the entire Brussels-Capital Region and its boroughs are served by STIB.
Since April 2007, STIB has been operating a night bus network: Noctis. On Fridays and Saturdays, 11 bus routes operate from twenty past midnight (00:20) until after 3 a.m. in the morning. They run from the centre of Brussels to the outer reaches of the Brussels-Capital Region.
The Noctis network is designed for inhabitants of Brussels, who want to make a leisurely night of it, for tourists and other visitors, as well as night workers. Since 2008, this night time service has been supplemented by Collecto, a shared taxi system, which operates on weekdays between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.
A metro train called boa
Designed by CAF, the new "boa" metro trains, which are 94 metres long, enable STIB to cope with the constant increase in passenger numbers. STIB has ordered 43 new trains.
A new generation of trams
More than 300 trams circulate in Brussels every day. Since 2006, STIB has expanded its fleet with new generation T3000 and T4000 series of trams. These high capacity vehicles are effective, easily accessible and quiet. The majority of the oldest trams are gradually being replaced by these new vehicles.
High capacity buses
In 2015, thanks to the complete commissioning of the 172 new buses delivered end 2014, the network capacity as well as the frequencies were enhanced. This includes 79 articulated buses with a capacity of 105 seats, and 93 standard models with a capacity of 66 passengers. These new vehicles replace 100 older and smaller buses but also allow STIB to increase its service frequency, as more buses can be added to the network in peak hours.
Since September 2014, STIB also has a new fleet of 12 minibuses for transporting people with reduced mobility, as part of its specific on demand transport service, Taxibus.