On 8 May 2019, RKH Qitarat, the joint venture consisting of RATP Dev, Keolis and Hamad Group, opened the first section of the Doha metro to the public. This follows the award in December 2017 by Qatar Rail of a contract to operate and maintain Qatar’s first urban rail transport network for a period of 20 years. The network includes three automated metro lines in Doha, the Qatari capital, and four tram lines located in the city of Lusail.
On 20 March 2019, Keolis launched the penultimate section of the Hyderabad automated metro adding 10 km of lines to the existing 46km network. The metro now connects the city from east to west and crosses Hitec City , a major business district which attracts a large number of companies and new residents to Hyderabad each year. Since the launch of the network in November 2017, Keolis has provided 50 million passenger journeys. Once completed, the network is expected to carry 1.5 million passengers per day.
Keolis has been awarded an eight-year contract to operate bus services linking the city of Aarhus to two international airports. This new contract reinforces Keolis’ presence in Denmark, where it operates Aarhus light rail, the country’s first network, as well as buses. Keolis was awarded the country’s second light rail network in November 2018. It also reinforces Keolis’ expertise in public transport connections to airports thereby reducing the number of cars on the road and pollution
Following thorough preparations and testing, Keolis, through its Chinese joint-venture, successfully opened its first section of the Songjiang tram line on 26 December 2018 and welcomed its first passengers.
The open section is 13.9 km-long, with 20 stations and connects into Shanghai’s existing metro Line 9.
This important milestone reached by Keolis, reinforces its presence in China and its position as a world leading operator and integrator of shared mobility to better support urban mobility needs in China. Keolis pioneered the first automated metro line in Shanghai and will soon add to this, with the launch of an automated metro service at Shanghai International Airport.
On 29 November, Keolis was selected by Odense Letbane to operate and maintain the new light rail network of Odense, which is now the second in Denmark. This 14.5 km-long network includes 26 stations and is planned to open by the end of 2020. This new project reinforces Keolis’ presence in Denmark where it is currently the operator of the country’s first light rail network (Aarhus) and so reinforces its position as an international leader in tram operations.