Following thorough preparations and testing, Keolis, through its Chinese joint-venture, successfully opened its first section of the Songjiang tram line on 26 December 2018 and welcomed its first passengers.
The open section is 13.9 km-long, with 20 stations and connects into Shanghai’s existing metro Line 9.
This important milestone reached by Keolis, reinforces its presence in China and its position as a world leading operator and integrator of shared mobility to better support urban mobility needs in China. Keolis pioneered the first automated metro line in Shanghai and will soon add to this, with the launch of an automated metro service at Shanghai International Airport.
Keolis Canada is proud to announce that it has ordered 12 all-electric Type C school buses from The Lion Electric Co., which represents one of the largest transactions in the Quebec truck and bus manufacturer’s history. This transaction is on track with public opinion, as 92% of Quebeckers want school boards and schools to increase their use of electric buses. With this order, Keolis Canada will become the operator of the most Type C electric school buses. Type C is the standard school-bus model in North America with a 72-seat capacity.
17-12-2018 On 17 December 2018, Keolis launched an electric autonomous shuttle service on the university campus of Lille (Cité Scientifique) at Villeneuve d’Ascq. Globally, it is the fourth city where the Group provides this innovative mode of transport at within a university environment. In Rennes, France, the autonomous shuttles serving the university have been quickly adopted, within three weeks of the start of the operation the services have been used by nearly 3,000 people, a record in usage for this new mode of transport. Keolis is the only public transport operator in France to offer this mobility solution on university campuses. The results of the trials prove the real need for autonomous shuttles on university sites, a service for which Keolis intends to accelerate deployment.
On 29 November, Keolis was selected by Odense Letbane to operate and maintain the new light rail network of Odense, which is now the second in Denmark. This 14.5 km-long network includes 26 stations and is planned to open by the end of 2020. This new project reinforces Keolis’ presence in Denmark where it is currently the operator of the country’s first light rail network (Aarhus) and so reinforces its position as an international leader in tram operations.
On 23 November 2018, the Metropolitan Council of Greater Nancy awarded Keolis the operation of its public transport network. The six year contract begins on 1 January 2019 and will generate a cumulative turnover of 346.8 million euros. This future public service delegation contract includes a major project to replace the existing rubber-tyred trams with trams that run on steel wheels. The network will also serve a larger population, with an increased employment catchment area, Keolis has committed to better integrate the local public transport and deliver seamless connections between Nancy and the various communes of the Métropole.