On 12 July 2018, the elected officials of the Greater Chambéry municipality, situated in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south east France, attributed Keolis with the management and operation of the Stac public transport network. This network serves the area’s 137,000 residents spread over 38 communes.
As part of this new contract, Keolis will operate the 28 bus lines that run through the region, with a fleet of 132 buses. The contract therefore covers the operation of four Chrono lines (one bus every 10 to 15 minutes), six regular lines (every 20 to 40 minutes), nine local lines operating during peak times and nine areas with transport on demand.
Flexibility is at the heart of Keolis’ mobility offer, which includes the development of new connected mobility services such as on-board Wi-Fi for buses and digital information terminals to optimise passenger journeys. Attentive to local factors and the increasing travel needs of residents, Keolis is taking full account of lifestyles and transport habits by providing:
- a special bus service on Sunday evenings, coinciding with the arrival of trains at Chambéry station,
- an evening bus service until 12.30am on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays to facilitate travel for young people,
- an improved service timetable for Sunday morning travel,
- a ‘special senior’ rate, at reduced prices, for off-peak hours.
Keolis also plans to modernise the transport service for passengers with reduced mobility (TPRM). By developing these new, more flexible transport services and facilitating network access for all, Keolis is supporting the development of Greater Chambéry and enhancing the attractiveness of the region.
By winning this major contract, Keolis demonstrates its ability to secure new markets in France. We are delighted to start this new partnership and to support Greater Chambéry in the deployment of its ambitious transport strategy. During the highly competitive bidding process, Keolis successfully mobilised its expertise in operational excellence, as well as its capacity for innovation, to present a modernised, economical transport offer. By simplifying access to the existing network, Keolis intends to provide the best possible response to the travel needs of residents in Chambéry and to all passing travellers in the Savoyard capital.
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