The new "trambus", a combination of a bus and a tram, should further boost transportation methods between the city of Brussels and Zaventem airport. The vehicle measures 24 metres and will get its own bus lane all the way, as the longest bus lane (16 km) in Belgium will be created.
The trambus combines the comfort and increased capacity of a tram with the flexibility and lower budget of a bus, underlines the Belgian bus builder Van Hool who designed the vehicle.
With its length of 24 metres, the trambus approaches the feeling of space of a tram: it offers places for 137 passengers, and also for prams, luggage or bicycles. The 4 wide doors and the low floor ensure, in combination with accessible stops, for a smooth entry and exit of the passengers. Due to its length, the double articulated trambus guarantees modern comfort and a pleasant travel experience.
The route connects important locations in the northern Brussels Periphery, including the University Hospital in Jette, the Heizel, Strombeek-Bever, the centre and station of Vilvoorde and Brussels Airport. During the major works on the Brussels Ring Road, the Ringtrambus will provide a strong alternative that can contribute significantly to reducing the inconvenience.
Bus drivers are now receiving special training, as the first tram buses should go on 1 September. De Lijn has ordered 14 trambuses.