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Front doors in use again on Brussels buses and trams

Front doors in use again on Brussels buses and trams

It must be
true.  We must really be putting the
pandemic behind us if the travelling public in Brussels can once again step
onto buses and trams via the front door.

A ban was
introduced during the pandemic to limit the chance of coronavirus being passed
on to drivers, but the ban is being lifted on 4 April.

“Starting
Monday passengers can use all doors on vehicles” says An Van Hamme of the Brussels
local transport company MIVB.  The front
seats can once again be used too.

During the
pandemic only the front doors of the most up-to-date trams and metro cars could
be used as in these vehicles drivers are already isolated in a separate cabin.

But
purchasing a ticket from the driver will not be reintroduced.  It was a while ago that the MIVB switched to
contactless payment for people without a season ticket and ten-journey-card.

“We’re
sticking to the system that has been operating for two years now.  Contactless payments remain possible.  It’s what people are now used to” says Van Hamme.

MIVB passenger
numbers have meanwhile reached a new record high since the start of the
pandemic.

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