On 24 September 2019, the Provinces of Overijssel, Flevoland and Gelderland in the Netherlands entrusted Keolis with the operation and maintenance of 300 electric buses. This will be Keolis’ largest e-bus fleet operated under a single contract. The new electric buses will serve 53 stations in the east and central areas of the Netherlands and will carry 17 million passengers per year in a clean, quiet and reliable mode of transport. This new contract is another milestone for the Group in developing and deploying electromobility solutions around the world, and it reaffirms its commitment to supporting public transport authorities (PTAs) in the transition to greener energies.
On 16 September, Keolis opened the automated Shanghai Pudong International Airport metro through its Chinese joint venture. The Passenger Rapid Transit System connects two existing terminals (T1 and T2) to two satellite halls (S1 and S2) which were inaugurated on the same day. This new milestone bolsters Keolis’ presence in China so it can more effectively meet the country’s growing urban mobility needs and enhances its position as a world leader in automated metro operation and maintenance
Through its joint venture in China, Keolis opened a new section of the Songjiang tram network on 10 August, bringing its total coverage up to 27 kilometres and the number of stations served to 40. In a bid to reduce numbers of urban car journeys, the network is intended to carry some 170,000 passengers per day. This milestone is important for Songjiang residents and visitors to it – who are now able to rely on a sustainable and comfortable shared mobility solution for getting around the city –, as well as for Keolis, which is bolstering its presence in China and shoring up its position as a leading global tram operator.
The 9½ year bus contract will see Keolis operating a fleet that runs on 100% renewable energy, consisting of 136 mainly electric buses. Synergies between the new bus operation and Keolis’ light rail network will offer passengers a more integrated mobility offer. Keolis’ track record in operating worldwide bus networks and light rail guarantees a solid expertise base for Bergen’s public transport users.
Keolis launched on June 21st the ION Light Rail Transit (LRT) – the Waterloo Region’s new rapid transit system in Ontario, Canada – at Kitchener's Fairway Station. The system will serve the residents and visitors of Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge, as well as surrounding rural municipalities. As part of the GrandLinq Consortium , Keolis Grand River – Keolis’ local subsidiary – is responsible for the 16 kilometers of light rail line operations for the next 10 years, and maintenance for the next 30 years. The contract, which was awarded in May 2014, is under a Public-Private Partnership (PPP). This is Keolis’ first light rail operation in North America.