When a Metro is not a Metro
Metro. Tube. Underground. U-Bahn. All mean the same thing – a train that is primarily underground, that is a form of rapid transit and which may surface occasionally, especially at the very end of a particular line (which typically would be out in the suburbs anyway)
Not so in Belgium.
Here in Belgium, a Metro is all of the things listed above, but then there is the tram network which also happens to run underground and is also a form of rapid transit and which also surfaces at the end of the specific lines. However, these non-metro machines are referred to as pre-metro. So if you’re in Brussels (or Antwerp) and are looking for a tram stop, it might be underground but asking for a metro stop won’t necessarily help much.
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