Unlike Turku and London, the city of Brussels has kept its trams running continuously since 1869. However, the future of one particular line, number 55, has become uncertain.
Route 55 on the Brussels tramway is scheduled for replacement by a new metro line (M3) which will connect the north and south of the city. M3 is intended to complement four existing metro lines and create efficient transport links. With costs estimated at 2.3 billion euros, the construction of the M3 is arguably one of the biggest transport projects in Brussels.
Since the 1960s, route 55 has connected working class neighborhoods and it is daily used by diverse groups of people. Many of those people are critical of the new metro, whereas others do not mind putting rails under the ground. Filmmaker Sonia Ringoot walked along the tramline and talked about its uses. Finding out that people did not know the details of the M3 project, Sonia organized a public meeting where people could discuss the points at stake. Which is better: to travel by tram or by metro?