STIB, which operates the Brussels Metro, along with more than 50 bus lines and 18 tram lines in Belgium’s capital region, is introducing open-loop to all three of its transit modes. It appears to be mainly targeting the new service for infrequent travelers, including tourists, while keeping its season tickets and other period passes on other fare media, such as its proprietary stored-value contactless MoBIB card. It’s not clear yet when STIB will offer fare capping to give customers using bank cards or NFC wallets price discounts on daily and weekly fares.
STIB handled just over 433 million trips across its various modes in 2019, up 3.7% from 2018. It runs more than 300 trams and nearly 700 buses, and its Brussels Metro has 69 stations.
Major Brussels transit operator STIB-MIVB plans to begin accepting contactless EMV credit and debit cards and NFC wallets on Wednesday, the latest European capital to launch open-loop payments following the success of the technology as demonstrated in London.