Brussels, Belgium: All metros, trams, and buses on the network of public transportation provider STIB in Brussels will be entirely free of charge on the annual Car Free Sunday on September 18.
The area will transform into the biggest car-free zone in Europe between 09:30 and 19:00 because most of the region’s roadways will be devoid of vehicles. Public transportation will be offered free from the start of the service to the finish to guarantee that people may still go significant distances around the region to enjoy this day fully.
“The chance to reevaluate one’s travel plans and (rediscover) public transportation is provided by car-free Sunday. Who knows, maybe that mobility habit may change in the future to one that is more ecologically friendly. That is the objective, and given the situation, it is even more crucial, “CEO of STIB Brieuc de Meeûs remarked.
Travellers won’t need to validate their tickets or passes because gates will be left open in all of the stations in the area. Buses, trams, and metros will operate as often as on Saturday, while the frequency of services will be extended to accommodate a vast number of customers.
Additionally, the business will establish the depot near the Erasmus metro station, which is the western end of line 5 in Anderlecht. The structure has a total size of more than 30,000 m2, the majority of which is underground, and can accommodate 23 metro trains while also supporting an additional seven.
Visitors are welcome to explore the depot, which features systems for recovering rainwater and recycling wastewater, along with solar panels, heat pumps, and other environmentally friendly features.
Additionally, visitors can enter the new M7 metro’s driver’s seat, watch the metro’s washing machine in action, or explore a metro from below while it is in the lift position.