Always more money for Brussels mobility: “We take our responsibilities”

With a budget for mobility amounting to 1.448 billion euros in 2023 -125 million euros more than in 2022-, “we take our responsibilities both vis-à-vis the people of Brussels today and generations future in the context of climate transition”, Minister Elke Van den Brandt said straight away, explaining in detail the Mobility Department’s project for next year, in the Parliament’s Mobility Committee.

Of this amount, STIB takes the lion’s share (1.19 billion; 16%, including 430 million euros in investments) for the continuation of the construction site of the north-south metro axis, for the extension of the tram network and the purchase of new TNG trams (15 to 20), the implementation of the final stages of the Bus Master Plan and the gradual electrification of the bus carriage (four lines within two years). Also in view, the increase in frequencies on the bus lines in the evening and on Sundays, and morning and evening on several very busy tram lines (3, 4, 7, 8, 25, 55), Disabled access facilities are planned next year for example in the Parc, Anneessens, Jacques Brel, Simonis and Madou stations.

The Brussels government has also decided to bear the cost of indexing the salaries of thousands of STIB jobs by maintaining the current rates for the benefit of the population and extending to the 65+ category, the benefit of the subscription at 12 euros per year currently granted to young people.

Another priority of the Mobility budget, according to the minister, is road safety, for which 17 million euros are planned in 2023 in order to set up “Vision zero”, (ed. death and injury by 2030). The MR opposition and the N-VA have questioned the minister’s choices on this plan and in view of the significant increase in fatal and injured accidents since the beginning of the year.

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