On 18 September 2020, Keolis Downer, Keolis’ Australian subsidiary, was awarded a 1.32 billion euro (AUS$ 2.14 billion) contract by South Australia's Department of Infrastructure and Transport to operate and maintain the commuter rail network of Adelaide in the State of South Australia. This is the first time this network will be managed by a private operator.
The contract, which takes effect on 31 January 2021, is for an initial period of eight years, extendible to twelve years. As part of this contract, Keolis Downer will deliver more services and improve passenger experience.
Anne Mimin joined Keolis on 2 June 2020 as Director of Media Relations and Crisis Communication. With twenty years of experience in corporate, institutional and political communication, Anne will be in charge of developing the reputation and image of the Keolis brand in the media.
The City of Paris has awarded the Keolis / Autocars Dominique / BE Green consortium the contract to operate the 100% electric bus route serving the 15th arrondissement of Paris.
The 59-month contract will begin on 1 February 2020 and end on 31 December 2024, the date on which all bus routes in Paris and its inner ring of suburbs will be opened up to competition.
Offering new solutions to Paris residents, particularly in terms of passenger information, constitutes another step on the way to Keolis becoming a key mobility actor in and around Paris as the sector opens to competition.
Following the recent launches of fully electric bus rapid transit (BRT) services in several cities in France, Keolis has contributed to the launch of Pau’s hydrogen BRT service, a global first for an 18 metre long vehicle. This new service is part of the city public transport network and part of its global overhaul. Inaugurated by François Bayrou, Mayor and President of the Pau Béarn Pyrénées intercommunal area1, it was opened to the public on 17 December 2019. This innovative, sustainable mode of transport serves 14 stations along a six kilometre long dedicated BRT lane with priority at crossroads. This major milestone concludes a key year for electro-mobility for Keolis, confirming its position as a leading operator in terms of alternative energies to diesel.
On 11 December 2019, Keolis, Châteauroux Metropole and the French Shooting Federation concluded a partnership agreement to authorise the autonomous vehicle tests carried out by the Group at the National Centre for Shooting Sports (CNTS), located near Châteauroux, in the centre of France. This partnership will enable Keolis to pursue its development in autonomous vehicle fleet management, by conducting operational tests aimed at improving vehicle operation and the vehicles’ capacity to adapt to different traffic environments in order to guarantee optimal safety and quality of service for passengers.