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Flanders is facing huge mobility problems in relation to congestion, traffic safety, accessibility and disclosure. Something must be done urgently otherwise we will irrevocably lose prosperity. Also to improve quality of life, air pollution and noise pollution, we consider how public transport should develop in the future. 2020 is a milestone for Flanders. We want to contribute to the targets of the VIA (Flanders in Action of the Flemish Government), Pact 2020 and the environmental targets of the European institutions.
To tackle all this we must take far-reaching measures. De Lijn has developed a Mobility vision for public transport in Flanders. This new vision has been developed at an interregional, regional and urban level. We invite all stakeholders to contribute and concretely to give shape to our vision.
This vision requires significant investment in public transport in Flanders. These investments are certainly justified. In particular the time saving is crucial in a traffic jam sensitive region like Flanders and Brussels. The time saving that people experience with public transport varies between 8 (Limburg) to 18% (Antwerp). There is a corresponding expected increase in passengers: 180 million passengers more with the entire execution of the Mobility vision 2020. This growth in turn ensure lower car traffic and therefore less time lost due to congestion. This can only benefit the economy.
Mobility vision 2020 is given the complete cooperation and support of provincial governors and Mobility delegates. Interest groups like TreinTramBus and Bond Beter Leefmilieu have also given their support.
De Lijn has naturally also invited other organisations to join its Mobility Vision 2020