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WHAT DOES YOUR NEW BUS PLAN LOOK LIKE?

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Questions and Answers

Do you have any questions about our new bus plan? You will find answers to your questions below.

Does the new bus plan serve all of the areas currently served?

All the stops are being retained, and additional destinations will be added. Nevertheless, certain existing connections will be reorganised.

The bus plan modifies many of the bus lines. Is the entire Region affected, or only certain districts?

The bus plan will have an impact on the entire Brussels territory, even if the modifications are greater in the north and the west of the Region. The changes resulting from the Bus Master Plan affect roughly 2/3rds of the lines of the current bus network. Note that this does not mean that the routes of all these lines will be fundamentally modified. In a substantial number of cases, the sections of lines that are massively utilised by our customers are maintained, unless they are possibly taken over by a different line number. Thus, for these customers, the service may be regarded as unchanged.

Will all of the lines be modified at the same time?

No, the bus plan is being introduced progressively, in several stages, as a function of the needs of the customers, of the ease or the complexity of implementation of certain measures and of the resources available (in terms of equipment, drivers, budgets, adaptations of the public space, etc.) as well as of the delivery schedule for the new buses.

When is the implementation of these modifications scheduled for?

The bus plan will be implemented from 2018 to 2021.

Does the bus plan take account of passengers who have connections with other networks ? (TEC, De Lijn, SNCB)

The origins and destinations of all those who use public transportation in the Brussels-Capital Region were taken into account when developing the plan. Priority was given to the needs of the Brussels residents and of the inhabitants of the near periphery.

What about the pedestrian zone in the city centre ? Is the bus plan linked to these changes and to the mobility plan introduced in the summer of 2015?

The bus plan and the pedestrian zone of the city centre are two distinct projects that were not initially linked to one another. However, the STIB did adapt its bus plan so as to make it compatible with the pedestrian zone project of the City of Brussels.

What about the night bus network Noctis? Is it going to be adapted as well?

Adaptations to the Noctis network were made within the framework of the pedestrian zone project for the city centre. The current route will not be changed (terminus Central Station and local area loop). However the STIB foresees considering a reorganisation (extension) of the night service within a period of 2 to 3 years.

When the Tram Master Plan was introduced, several tram lines were split up in order to increase their regularity. Currently the bus plan provides for bus lines that are sometimes very long. Why isn't the same logic applied to both tram and bus?

The bus lines do not have the same function as the tram lines. Most of the time, the trams are there to bring passengers as quickly as possible from the suburbs to the centre and vice versa, or to ensure the major ring bus links (like lines 7 or 94). As for the buses, they ensure either a service between the districts, or ferry passengers from the districts to tram or metro lines. Thus it is important to limit as much as possible the connections between bus lines to favour the connections with the tram and the metro. However, the Bus Plan identifies a certain number of priority corridors on which it would be advisable to take steps to facilitate the circulation of the buses. Notably concerned are areas served by structuring bus lines operated at high frequency or lines whose route is deemed to be long compared to the network average.

Will there be new dedicated bus lanes?

Yes, a new AVANTI plan is linked to the bus plan for setting up new dedicated lanes for public transport, and for buses in particular.

What is the percentage of new stops that are being created, and where will they be located?

New stops must be created in the districts where the bus plan provides for a whole new bus service. To give an idea of the magnitude, about one hundred stops will be created, the 2 directions combined, while the current bus network already has around 1700 stops (i.e. an increase in the order of 5-6%). One must also take into account that the reorganisation of the existing lines will require the relocation of existing stops. The positions of these new stops are currently being studied.

Does the bus plan take account of the reality on the ground, or is it based solely on concepts?

The bus plan is based on concepts aimed at increasing the capacity of the bus network, offering greater comfort to passengers and new links notably to districts that are currently being little or poorly served. The physical reality in the field was taken into account but certain changes will nevertheless be necessary.

How many additional drivers will the bus plan require?

The bus plan would require some 700 additional drivers.

How many additional buses will the bus plan require?

The fleet will expand by around 150 buses, including over forty electric buses. Moreover, the oldest buses will be replaced by new hybrid models, which are less polluting than the current diesel ones. Their delivery is scheduled for 2018 and 2019.

Why doesn´t the bus plan provide for a link between the avenue Charles-Quint and Simonis?

The bus plan puts emphasis on complementarity with the other public transport operators present in Brussels. The MOBIB card will make it really simple to switch from one network to another. De Lijn already provides the link between the avenue Charles-Quint and the city centre via Simonis. Instead of covering the same route in parallel, the STIB proposes a new connection between Charles-Quint and Heysel.

Lines 13 and 14 are being restructured, what about line 15?

Line 15 is an evening line that is programmed to disappear along with the other evening lines. This distinction between day lines and evening lines is difficult for the users to understand. As for lines 13 and 14, they will continue to be run after 8 p.m.

The termini Beekant and Simonis are already saturated with buses. What are you going to do in order to be able to park more new vehicles there?

Adjustments will be necessary, but nothing insurmountable. With regard to Simonis, it is currently served by 2 pass-through lines (buses 14/15 and 20) and 2 lines that terminate there (buses 13 and 87). The bus plan foresees at Simonis only a single pass-through line (bus 13) while maintaining 2 lines that terminate there (49 and 87).

Why aren´t articulated buses used on the current line 49?

At present we do not have enough articulated buses to operate line 49 with this type of vehicle. The new articulated buses that were delivered in recent months were allocated in priority to lines experiencing acute and structural problems of overloading despite already very high pass-through frequencies during rush hours (5-minute intervals). This is notably the case for lines 84, 87, 53 as well as 29. However, within the framework of the bus plan, line 49 is one of the candidate lines for the allocation of articulated buses, subject to a few improvements to overcome any topological limitations.

The installation of the new rue du Wagon in Uccle between the Calevoet station and the chaussée d´Alsemberg in the direction of Stalle was announced many years ago already. What is the status of that project?

The project is in the process of being developed in close collaboration with the municipal authorities.

Will the Uccle Stalle/Gatti de Gamond service still follow the old routes?

The Uccle Stalle stop will again be served under the bus plan, via line 74.

Why doesn´t the route of bus 43 make a complete loop, so as to connect the Kauwberg and the Observatory?

The loop of the 43 is supplemented by bus 60. Prolonging the 43 up to the Observatory would be redundant with the 60 and so would not offer any significant benefit.

The Westland Shopping Centre of Anderlecht will be better served. Is it possible to envisage the creation of a stop directly within the complex, as is done in other cities?

The exact positions of the stops have not yet been definitively adopted, but the preferred option is to create a stop in the heart of the complex. Contacts have been made on this issue with the owners who are preparing a renovation project for the shopping centre.

Will the lines 47 and 57 have a common terminus?

The terminus of the barred line 47 and of line 57 at the Military Hospital should continue to be shared.

Is a connection between Neder-Over-Hembeek and Haren planned?

No, such a service is not foreseen. It is impossible to propose direct connections between all districts. In addition, the current topology of the network does not make it possible to envisage an effective bus service to cross the channel and link these districts. However, the bus plan does provide for a new ring bus no. 56, which will serve Neder-Over-Heembeek, Schaerbeek and the European Quarter (Schuman). This connection will make it possible to reduce the number of connections from Neder-Over-Heembeek to almost all destinations in the northeast of the city. In order to go from Peter Benoit to the Evere Shopping Centre, a user currently has to first take bus line 47, then tram 7 and finally bus line 66. With the new bus plan it will be possible to do this in two steps by first taking the new bus line 56 and then line 66.

Why is bus line 65 not being sent via the Pachecolan to relieve the Madouplein?

This proposal can be studied and could be a favourable solution if driving times between Queteletplein and Central Station do not deteriorate.

Where will the buss park in Schuman?

Discussions are still in progress with the Region concerning the redevelopment of the Schuman roundabout and the adjacent arteries. In any event it is foreseen that the buses will be able to continue to circulate on their routes. The necessary zones for the termini must be found in consultation with the Region and the communities involved. There are also terminus possibilities at the level of the Maelbeek station should it prove impossible to satisfy all the needs at Schuman.

If I look up something via the route planner, the suggested route is not optimal and contains a lot of changes. How come this?

The route planner is currently being fine-tuned. For the time being, the fastest route is proposed, but in a future version the route planner will also propose the most direct route. Should you find that something is not correct, you may always contact us via the contact form on this website to inform us.

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