Brussels to invest substantially in public transport

A sum of 831 million euros has been earmarked to allow the Brussels Region to further improve public transport services next year. Part of the cash will be used to upgrade the subway system, and to improve access for elderly people and the handicapped.

Brussels will continue its investments in public transport. The Brussels Mobility Minister Brigitte Grouwels (Flemish Christian democrat) has announced that 831 million euros can be spent next year, that's 22 million more than this year.

The lion's share (566 million) will be invested in the Brussels public transport company MIVB for projects like the pre-metro station Noordstation. Different subway stations and tube trains will be made more accessible for older people and those with a handicap. At the same time, 40 new carriages will be acquired. These will run on the metro lines 1 and 5.

There is also cash for bus lanes in Elsene, between the Rogier Square and Waterloosesteenweg, and for cycling infrastructure.