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.
On 13 February 2019, Bruno Danet, Group Executive Director Human Resources and Organisation at Keolis, and Jean-Baptiste Lesort, Director of ENTPE (a French engineering school for public works in Lyon), signed a new three-year partnership agreement.
On 23 November 2018, the Metropolitan Council of Greater Nancy awarded Keolis the operation of its public transport network. The six year contract begins on 1 January 2019 and will generate a cumulative turnover of 346.8 million euros. This future public service delegation contract includes a major project to replace the existing rubber-tyred trams with trams that run on steel wheels. The network will also serve a larger population, with an increased employment catchment area, Keolis has committed to better integrate the local public transport and deliver seamless connections between Nancy and the various communes of the Métropole.
On 15 November 2018, Orléans Metropole, the local transport authority, renewed its trust in Keolis for the operation and maintenance of its public transport network, known as Tao. The new contract will start on 1 January 2019 for a six-year period and is expected to generate a cumulative revenue of 395 million euros. In order to deliver a 100% electric transport network, Keolis will provide support to Orléans Métropole to achieve its ambitious objectives, this includes the renewal of the entire bus fleet with electric vehicles by 2024. Tao will then become the French transport network with the lowest level of carbon emissions. A range of innovative mobility services will also be introduced, including contactless payment on-board buses and trams, which will enhance the passenger experience.