Brussels Intercommunal Transport Company

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Brussels Intercommunal Transport Company
Société des Transports Intercommunaux de Bruxelles (STIB)
Maatschappij voor het Intercommunaal Vervoer te Brussel (MIVB)
A Cityrunner, STIB's most recent tram.
A grey tram with a logo on the side
Locale Brussels, Belgium
Transit type Tram, Bus and Metro
Began operation 1954
A modern metro train at Herrmann-Debroux.

The Brussels Intercommunal Transport Company (error: {{lang-xx}}: text has italic markup (help); error: {{lang-xx}}: text has italic markup (help)) is the local public transport operator in Brussels, Belgium. It is usually referred to in English by the double acronym STIB-MIVB, or by its French acronym, STIB.

It is responsible for the Brussels metro, Brussels trams and Brussels buses, linking with the De Lijn network in Flanders and the TEC network in Wallonia.

History and operation[edit]

Founded in 1954, STIB operates six metro lines (39 km), 15 tram lines (128.3 km) and 51 bus routes (348.8 km). It covers the 19 communes of the Brussels Capital Region and some surface routes extend to the near suburbs in the other regions. 329 million trips were made in 2011, a 5.6% increase from the previous year.[1] Ridership has increased sharply in recent years to 370 million trips in 2015.[2] The company aims for 400 million trips in 2016.[3]

In 1991, STIB had a farebox recovery ratio of 28%.[4] In 2009, following annual increases of 1.56% in passenger journeys and 2.4% in direct revenue, fares covered 54.8% of operating costs.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "329 millions de voyages pour la Stib en 2011: +5,6 %". La Retrieved 8 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Key figures". Retrieved 2014-01-05. 
  3. ^ "La Stib en route vers 400 millions de voyages". L'Echo. 23 January 2012. Retrieved 8 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "Lessons from Japanese Experiences of Roles of Public and Private Sectors in Urban Transport" (PDF). Retrieved 2014-01-05. 

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