Keolis awarded the contract for the launch and operation of Tram 9 and the Bord de l’Eau bus network in Paris Île-de-France region

On 2 July 2019, Île-de-France Mobilités, the public transport authority for the Paris Île-de-France region chose Keolis for the launch and operation of Tram 9 and the Bord de l’Eau bus network in the Val-de-Marne department. This new five-and-a-half-year public service delegation contract will start in the next few weeks. With this contract, Keolis – the world's leading tram operator – has won the first call for tender issued by Île-de-France Mobilités to operate a rail system, strengthening its aim of becoming a major mobility player in the Île-de-France region as it opens up to competition.

Tram 9, which is in the process of being built under Île-de-France Mobilités’ supervision, will connect Paris-Porte de Choisy to Orly city centre via Ivry-sur-Seine, Vitry-sur-Seine, Choisy-le-Roi and Thiais.

The contract also involves managing a bus network made up of six routes currently operated by Keolis, serving Ablon, Athis-Mons, Choisy-le-Roi, Juvisy-sur-Orge, Orly, Thiais and Villeneuve-le-Roi.

A flagship network to enhance the appeal and vitality of the Val-de-Marne department

This contract will play a major role in driving the economic development of the western part of the Val-de-Marne department. This highly dynamic region, with 512,000 inhabitants that is set to increase by 10% between now and 2024, features several major hubs, such as Orly airport and the Rungis international market (the region's biggest employers), together with the Belle Epine regional shopping centre and the Val-de-Marne contemporary art museum.

The future T9, which will enrich the region's mobility offer, will fully integrate into the existing transport network (lines C and D of the RER (suburban train), line 7 of the metro in Porte de Choisy and the Trans-Val-de-Marne bus route) and future projects (Grand Paris Express, the T Zen 5).

Serving the Val-de-Marne department for more than 30 years

As a major public transport player in the region, Keolis provides a wide range of mobility solutions to meet passengers' needs: 

  • operating the bus networks with the Bord de l’Eau network
  • transporting passengers with reduced mobility with the PAM 94 service, for the Val-de-Marne Regional Council;
  • airport coverage:

o    the Bus Direct service which connects Paris' hubs to Orly and Charles de Gaulle airports;
o    the GO C PARIS shuttle, which connects Pont de Rungis station and the Orly airport terminals for Île-de-France Mobilités;
o    Orly shuttles, which transport passengers and personnel for Aéroports de Paris, hotels and airline companies.

With its expertise in maintaining transport networks, Keolis will soon start building a bus maintenance and storage site in Villeneuve-le-Roi as part of the contract with Île-de-France Mobilités. It is due for completion in December 2020.

Keolis plays an important role in the local economy and is involved in numerous initiatives to increase employment in the Val-de-Marne region. These initiatives will be bolstered by the public service delegation contract to operate Tram 9 and the new Bord de l’Eau bus network in such a way that local residents will be able to enjoy the economic and social benefits created by the expansion of the transport network directly.

The new contract: key figures

  • 10 km of tram line, 19 stations, 22 tram trainsets
  • 6 bus routes for the Bord de l’Eau network, 37 vehicles

Keolis in the Île-de-France region: key figures

  • 250 bus routes
  • 2 PAM networks for people with reduced mobility (PAM 75, PAM 94)
  • 1 tram-train line (Tram 11 Express)
  • 1 tram line (Tram 9 – under construction)
  • 1 train line (CDG Express – under construction)**
  • 4000 employees
  • 1900 vehicles

All Keolis teams will be working with Île-de-France Mobilités and the local authorities to ensure the successful launch and operation of Tram 9 and the new Bord de l’Eau bus network, thus improving everyday mobility in the Val-de-Marne department


Frédéric Baverez, CEO of Keolis France