\r\nThe line will start outside Maastricht mainline station, where the existing bus station will be rebuilt and a new underground bicycle parking area will be constructed. The line will then run through the city centre, crossing the River Maas on the Wilhelmina road bridge and using existing bus lanes wherever possible. Trams will call at a station on Maasboulevard before continuing via the Bassinbrug bridge to Boschstraat. At Bospoort the line will join the existing Maastricht \u2013 Lanaken \u2013 Hasselt heavy rail line, which will be electrified as part of the project.\r\nThe city council expects to select a contractor in early 2015 for the Dutch part of the \u20ac300m project. The Dutch section of the route has a budget of \u20ac65m, with the city council providing \u20ac18m and the remaining \u20ac47m coning from the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the province of Zuid-Limburg. The remaining \u20ac235m will come from the Belgian side.\r\nBelgian public transport operator De Lijn will run the service and will purchase a fleet of LRVs. De Lijn is currently preparing the tenders for infrastructure and vehicles.\r\nConstruction is due to be completed in early 2017 with the aim of launching commercial services on January 1 2018.\r\nThe cross-border tram is part of the so-called 'Spartacus' plan, a regional project to boost public transport in Eastern Flanders in which rail will play an important role.