Passengers traveling on Brussels Metro must now validate their tickets both at entry and at exit points at stations, similar to the city’s premetro system.
Starting this month, Brussels‘ public transport operator STIB-MIVB installed new gates at Joséphine-Charlotte et Gribaumont station on Line 1, with 15 more stations planned to be ready by the end of 2018.
The subway uses fare gates since 2010, whilst the double validation system is in use at premetro since 2014.
STIB says the double validation system is expected to bring better results in reducing fraud numbers: ‘It’s a measure to further combat fare-dodging‘, says STIB’s spokesperson, An Van Hamme. ‘By also organizing checkouts, you put an extra barrier in place.’
The data from the validation gates will also be used to better understand consumer behaviour in order to improve services.
Brussels Metro’s fare evasion rate is higher than 5% each year, amounting to millions of euros in losses. “This amount could be better spent improving the service. Subscription or not, validating your MOBIB card is mandatory for every trip”, the company adds.