Brussels tram route 81
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|Montgomery – Marius Renard|
PCC 7942 in Avenue Fonsny.
|System||Brussels tramway network|
|Began service||1 May 1914|
|Length||13.8 km (8.6 mi)|
|Journey time||55 minutes|
Tram route 81 in Brussels, Belgium is a tram route in the south of the city which connects the Marius Renard stop in the municipality of Anderlecht with the multimodal Montgomery metro station in Woluwe-Saint-Pierre. The route also crosses the municipalities of Saint-Gilles, Ixelles, the City of Brussels and Etterbeek. It connects with the metro at Saint-Guidon/Sint Guido, Brussels South (also railway), Merode (also railway) and Montgomery. The route also crosses the major tram routes 3 and 4 at Horta. A good deal of its length is in carriageway, while long sections at either end are in reservation. It has a short section in tunnel at South Station.
The route was changed in the 2000s, with the section west from Brussels-South railway station going to Marius Renard rather than Heysel/Heizel.
Until 2018 the route was served by PCC trams - first 7700-series and later the longer 7900s. In that year the stops at Bailli/Baljuw were moved from the central reservation of Avenue Louise/Louizalaan into Rue du Bailli/Baljuwstraat, which has permitted the longer Flexity low-floor trams to be used when these are not needed elsewhere, that is normally at weekends. This progression to high-capacity vehicles accompanies a impovement in service frequancy, with the daytime headway now being 71/2 minutes.
Montgomery - Merode - Sint-Pietersplein - Van Gele - De Jacht - Sint-Antoonkerk - Mouterij - Gist - Flagey - Dautzenberg - Lesbroussart - Drievuldigheid - Janson - Moris - Horta - Bareel - Willem Tell - Bethlehem - Verhaegen - Zweden - Zuidstation - Bara - Fiennes - Raad - Albert I - Kuregem - Dover - Verzet - Sint-Guido - Meir - Ysaye - van Beethoven - Frans Hals - Vivèspark - Marius Renard.