On 13 July 2021, the conurbation authority of Montluçon renewed its contract with Keolis for the management and operation of the mobility services on the Maelis city transport network. This new public service delegation contract began on 1 August 2021 and will run for five years, generating cumulative revenues of approximately €19 million. It will include an extension of the area served from 1 September 2021 and an overhaul of the network from 1 January 2022.
An extended and enhanced transport offer
Intended to serve a population of 65,000 in the city of Montluçon and 20 other municipalities of the conurbation authority , the Maelis network, which currently consists of eight city lines, eight school lines, an on-demand transport service and electric bike rental service, will feature a number of changes between now and January 2022, such as:
An improved urban transport offer, via:
- Increased bus frequencies, particularly along the three main routes in the region (every 30 minutes as opposed to 40 to 45 minutes at present), while maintaining a high frequency of every 15 minutes for the line connecting main transit centres and the densely populated districts of Montluçon.
- An improved bus service at the train station with 43 buses per day (previously about 10), in line with the active approach adopted by the conurbation authority of Montluçon to reinforce intramodality.
- An increased bike fleet from 50 to 100 bicycles, distributed over 11 collection points – including 10 new ones – throughout the conurbation by March 2022. At the same time, Keolis will deploy a digital solution for the bike-sharing service, featuring online reservation and payment.
- The introduction of an on-demand transport offer for workers, including an extension of the bus timetable for the four main lines in the region (from 06:00 in the morning instead of 07:30 and until 21:30 instead of 19:00).