Keolis’ contract in Amiens, France, renewed until 2023

Keolis has been the operator of Amiens Metropole’s urban transport network since 2012, and has been chosen to continue network operations for the next six years. During this contract, the Group aims to increase network patronage and promote a sustainable, multimodal offer.

A new six-year public service delegation contract

On 9 November 2017, Amiens Metropole, made up of 33 communes including the Picardy capital in Northern France, announced it was renewing its trust in Keolis. The Group, which has operated the Ametis network since 1 June 2012, was chosen to continue operating the network as part of a new public service delegation contract starting on 1 January 2018 for a period of six years and four months. The new contract will be signed on 30 November 2017 and will generate a total cumulative revenue of 221.4 million euros. As part of this contract, Keolis has committed to expanding the mobility offer to better serve the community’s 180,000 residents.
 

A new multimodal offer and four high-frequency bus lines to increase network patronage

Keolis is committed to increasing patronage on the Ametis network by 28% by the end of the contract in mid-2023. To achieve this goal, Keolis Amiens, in partnership with Amiens Metropole, will reorganise the network around four high-frequency bus lines covering a total of 48km in the region.  These four lines will account for 75% of overall passenger traffic. The high-frequency lines will be complemented by regular bus lines and other transport services including car sharing, park and ride facilities and secure bike parking stations. 
 

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Keolis committed to sustainable mobility

Amiens Métropole, certified in 2015 as a ‘positive energy region for green growth’, has major ambitions for its transition to green energy. As a result, from 2019 onwards Keolis will operate 43 new 100% electric buses. These zero emission vehicles will be used on three out of four of the network’s high-frequency bus lines, representing 30% of the network’s total bus fleet. 
In addition, from 1 January 2018 Keolis will take back the management of the Buscyclette bike rental service (previously managed by another operator) in order to better promote mobility solutions that are sustainable and better adapted to local lifestyles. Other than services covering both short and long term bike rental and secure parking facilities, Keolis will coordinate and promote of soft modes via school student campaigns and the introduction of ‘mobility packs’ for businesses. 
The operation and maintenance of bus and bicycle fleets will be provided by a new certified High Environmental Quality centre.  

 

A digital passenger journey from 2019

In 2019 Keolis Amiens will launch a new ticketing system focused on digitalisation. Thanks to this new solution, passengers will be able to buy their transport ticket online and receive them on their smartphone. They will also be able to opt for ‘open payment’ via bankcard or payment by direct debit, based on actual consumption. More than 50 automated ticketing machines will also be located across the network, to ensure better service quality.
 

We are thrilled to continue working with Amiens Métropole to help increase the attractiveness of the region by reorganising the existing transport network. Keolis supports Amiens Métropole’s decision to promote renewable energy, and the transition to electric mobility solutions.

 

Frédéric Baverez, CEO for Keolis France