STIB and warnings of impending doom

Metro Sign

Metro Sign

Yesterday I was travelling home from work on the metro as usual.  I noticed the display above the platform had a message on it, so was curious to see what it had to say.  These displays show you the stations served on the line you are about to use, and has little lights to show you where the trains are, as well as the destination and expected arrival of the next and following trains.  In addition there is a text display at one end, which is where this intriguing message was being displayed. The message said that smog was expected due to the prevailing weather conditions (high pressure, calm and cold with no wind) and that it was recommended that people use public transport.

smog warning

smog warning

On the STIB website today the same message is repeated, with some extra information about speed limits being imposed for other vehicles in order to combat the threat.

So my first thought, if you aren’t a habitual user of public transport in Brussels, how were you going to know about the recommendation to use public transport??

I presume that it would have been on the TV news, or in the newspapers, but being an expat I wouldn’t have known.  Anyone else seen these signs and thought as I did or am I just strange? :-)  Do you know where else these recommendations have been publicised in Brussels?  Please share.

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