As a public transport operator, De Lijn aims to play an important role in the field of sustainable mobility. After all, buses and trams are not the ideal means of transport at all times or for every journey.
That’s why we’ve entered into partnerships with various complementary initiatives such as Cambio and Blue-bike. You’ll also find details of more sustainable initiatives below. Combine them or use them separately as an alternative or supplement to travelling with your own car.
De Lijn is an active promoter and player in the combined modality transport chain
If we want to reduce congestion on our roads, we all need to stop automatically using the car for the entire journey. The key lies in combined mobility.
De Lijn is both an active promoter of combined mobility and a player in the chain. Our urban and regional transport services form part of the total mobility network. We ensure optimal coordination of the range of mobihubs. But our vision extends beyond buses and trams. It is also our ambition to offer other modes of transport, embracing innovative solutions such as self-driving vehicles and not excluding new opportunities such as water taxis. Working on our own or in partnership with other players, we make switching to combined modality solutions an attractive option.
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In addition to this physical integration, we also play a role in digital integration. The two are inextricably linked. MaaS stands for ‘mobility as a service’, meaning that the traveller gains access via a digital platform to sustainable transport services offered by various transport operators (both public and private).
The solution includes real-time multimodal travel information, a payment system and coordinated transport networks and timetables. As a result, combined mobility travel becomes comfortable and accessible. De Lijn plans to become an active MaaS provider and help support other initiatives.
Price steers demand
Finally, a good pricing policy can help steer combined modality behaviour. Within a MaaS platform, we ensure that a customer can find, buy and bundle all possible transport tickets – for example, a bus or train ride, a shared bicycle or a shared car.
In addition, we want to use tariff differentiation and integration to steer transport flows. De Lijn is therefore calling for greater autonomy in the field of pricing policy. We would like to charge prices based on location, the time or duration of your journey or the chosen mode. At the same time, simplicity in pricing structure, social adjustments and integration across transport regions and public transport operators remain important principles.
We are currently working with NMBS-SNCB, MIVB-STIB and TEC to develop a Smart Mobility Planner (SMOP). Here, travellers will be able to look up all information from all public transport operators easily and quickly.
How can we improve public transport for you still further? And how can we do so as sustainably as possible? These questions form the basis for our vision for the future. In order to make that vision a reality, we seek resolute innovation at De Lijn.