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Operator STIB/MIVB
System Type pre-metro
Year Opened 1969
# of Lines 3 sections
# of Cars
Gauge Standard
Power Overhead
Fare Media tickets
Data Date 2008
1st Visit 3/2008
Last Visit 3/2008
% Rode 80%

Brussels Transit
Pre-Metro stations


 Brussels opened the first pre-metro line in 1969. It is now part of full metro route 1A/1B. Most of the central core Metro tunnels were built as pre-metro routes diverting streetcar routes underground.

All pre-metro stations are designed for easy conversion to full metro at a later date. The station length is for a metro. Most of the platform is high level, except for the 3 step-down portion where the current trams board passengers. The main East-West (#1A/1B) and the Inner Ring (#2) lines have been converted to full metro status.

The current pre-metro routes are: the north-south axis and the outer ring routes. As part of the re-structuring of tram routes due by 2009, these lines will remain as pre-metro routes for some time. However, only 1 or 2 tram lines will be routed into the tunnels, but will run at higher frequencies (currently 4~5 lines go through these tunnels) using the new longer Bombardier trams.

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Route # 4 at Brussels Midi station on the main north-south pre-metro route. This is one of the new Bombardier trams. (3/9/08) The rather elaborate Brussels Nord station with several tracks and platforms. (3/9/08)
Tram boarding at DeBrouchere station. (3/9/08) The evidence of the conversion potential of the pre-metro design is visible at DeBrouchere station (3/9/08)
Diament station of the outer ring pre-metro route. Another station clearly showing it can be converted to full metro at a later date. (3/9/08) A new Bombardier car at Diament. (3/9/08
A short underground turn-around loop at Montgomery for the 39/44 routes. (3/9/08) Montgomery station for the outer ring pre-metro line. (3/9/08
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