VVM De Lijn is an external autonomous agency of the Flemish government. Within the framework of its management contract, its mission stipulates that VVM De Lijn is responsible for strategy, planning, organization and (partially) operating public transport in Flanders. On top of the “classical” public transport activities such as urban, suburban and regional transport, VVM De lijn is also engaged in mobility management, car sharing, management of the carpool database, mobility shops and school transport.
On the operational level approximately 50% of the bus services are operated by private bus subcontractors. There are 5 decentralized regional entities, responsible for the operation in the 5 Flemish provinces. VVM De Lijn’s head office is based in Mechelen. 7600 employees work for VVM De Lijn and another 2400 working for private subcontractors.