Can you update us on Doha metro operations ?
His Excellency Abdulla Al Subaie
Minister of Municipality and Environment and Managing Director and CEO of Qatar Rail
“Thanks to the efforts of 1,450 people, our metro is working well. It’s operated and maintained by RKH Qitarat, a joint venture between Keolis, RATP Dev and Hamad Group. RKH has tested the metro under critical conditions and obtained all the necessary certifications. As a result, the metro continues to run smoothly, even when carrying passengers for major sporting and cultural events or encountering heavy rainfall, which is a common occurrence in Qatar in winter.
In addition, communication between RKH and Qatar Rail is excellent. Keolis meets regularly with Qatar Rail which enables us to benefit from its expertise in metro operations. The Doha metro has already risen to some major challenges. During the FIFA Club World Cup and Qatar National Day celebrations in December 2019, not long after its inauguration, the network carried up to 300,000 passengers a day. Operations will be even more efficient for the next Club World Cup and we intend to further improve performance in the future.”
How is Greater Manchester's tram network fairing ?
Mayor of Greater Manchester
“43.7 million journeys were made on the Greater Manchester Metrolink tram network’s seven lines in 2019, up 6.1% from 2018. That’s the biggest increase in the United Kingdom. Accessible to people with reduced mobility and primarily run on green electricity with 70% of the power coming from wind turbines and photovoltaic panels, Metrolink is clearly popular with passengers. KeolisAmey offers a very high level of service and maintains close ties with passengers, including via social media.
Our eighth tram line has opened in 2020 near Trafford Park in the west of the city, and other extensions are being considered. We also want to improve connections between Metrolink and other networks (train and bus) to make our public transport system even more attractive. Lastly, we want Greater Manchester to become a city-region where people can get around on foot or by bike – a vision that’s perfectly compatible with the tram network.”
A PROACTIVELY MANAGED AND ECO-FRIENDLY PROJECT IN QUEBEC
Deputy Director of the School Transport Department in the CSDA School District, Quebec, Canada
“Keolis Canada decided to use electric buses for its school transport services in our district in Montreal’s northern suburbs, without us even having to ask. After a conclusive trial period, which confirmed the reliability of the first two vehicles, Keolis introduced 12 additional electric buses to the daily school circuit in 2019. We’re extremely pleased with the initiative taken and by the project as a whole, which was carried out by Keolis in a very responsible manner. Electric buses are aligned with our commitment to reduce the carbon footprint of school transport in our region, and our students appreciate travelling in buses that are quieter and more eco-friendly.”
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