On Thursday, June 20th , the new UTP Executive Board unanimously elected Jean-Pierre Farandou as chairman President for the next two years. Keolis' President and CEO succeeds to Thierry Mallet in the role. The UTP is the French Public Transport Association, a professional union bringing together major public transport companies.
On 29 April 2019, the French Riviera Urban Community selected Keolis to operate and maintain its public transport network called Zest. This new six-year public service delegation contract starts on 8 July 2019 and is expected to generate a total revenue of €60 million. Keolis’ missions are to reinforce the transport network offer across the 15 cities and villages of the community and modernise the network by rolling out new digital services, including Wi-Fi access in all buses. Keolis has committed to increasing passenger numbers by 17% and boosting revenue by 24% across the whole network between now and 2025.
Keolis has been awarded a six-year contract which will generate total revenue of nearly €23 million to operate the public transport services across the 44 towns and villages making up the Moulins Community, starting on 1 September 2019. The main aspects of this contract involve implementing a new transport network, replacing the fleet of buses and introducing a new ticketing system. Keolis will completely rethink mobility across the urban area and introduce a new appealing, connected and coherent service offering.
For the first time in a medium-sized French city, Keolis is deploying a contactless payment solution for buses. The service is compatible with all banks and contactless payment cards affiliated to MasterCard and Visa. The new service is designed to encourage local residents and occasional visitors to use the Linead public transport network and to improve the frequency and punctuality of the service.
Since the beginning of March, close to a hundred residents in Dijon, France, have decided to leave their car in a city car park for a whole month. This initiative led by DiviaMobilités, the network operated by Keolis Dijon, and Dijon Métropole, the local transport authority, aims to promote alternatives to personal cars and discover new ways of moving around the city.