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50 cent price hike for paper tickets on each metro, tram and bus journey in the New Year
The price of a single STIB/MIVB paper ticket rising from €2.10 to €2.60 in 2020 as reported by BX1, has been confirmed by the Brussels public transport operator.
STIB runs the city’s entire network of underground, tram and bus lines where you can switch from one to the other with the same ticket.
The price hike concerns only paper tickets. The €2.10 cost is maintained for electronic payments; those purchased with a contactless bank card at a validation point or charged directly to a Mobib card will not increase.
The transport operator wants to dissuade passengers from using paper tickets because it says the electronic chip in these tickets is expensive.
It says there are no other price increases planned for the moment. RTBF reports that prices could be indexed. The government does not deny it, but questioned three weeks ago on our airwaves, the Minister-President pointed out that in five years public transport tariffs had not risen. “It should be known that in recent years there hasn’t been one single increase, the cost has been frozen. So today, we’re talking about the simple possibility of indexation,” he said.
The Workers Party of Belgium (PTB) immediately reacted to the price hike, calling it not only anti-social but anti-ecological and it would discourage families from using public transport.
The left-wing union calls for public transport to be completely free and financed by major enterprises in Brussels Region.
Photo: Eric Lalmand/BELGA