The City of Paris has awarded the Keolis / Autocars Dominique / BE Green consortium the contract to operate the 100% electric bus route serving the 15th arrondissement of Paris.
The 59-month contract will begin on 1 February 2020 and end on 31 December 2024, the date on which all bus routes in Paris and its inner ring of suburbs will be opened up to competition.
Offering new solutions to Paris residents, particularly in terms of passenger information, constitutes another step on the way to Keolis becoming a key mobility actor in and around Paris as the sector opens to competition.
A 100% electric bus route
The local service in Paris’ 15th arrondissement - the most populous of the capital’s 20 arrondissements with 240,000 residents - connects the Pasteur Institute in the north to Georges Brassens park in the south via the town hall of the 15th arrondissement, schools and the multimedia library. Running seven days a week throughout the year, the 22-passenger capacity electric minibuses serving the route are accessible to people with reduced mobility and equipped with on-board defibrillators.
Dynamic, connected passenger information
Under the new contract which will start on 1 February 2020, Keolis will be responsible for deploying dynamic passenger information. This will include, among other things, e-paper passenger information points featuring electronic ink (very low energy consumption) which provide comprehensive passenger information in real time.
An app will allow passengers to identify the next services at the closest stop, and to visualise the approaching vehicle on a map. Passengers will also be able to subscribe to network alerts and messages received via the app's messaging system.
Keolis, Autocars Dominique and BE Green will be working hand-in-hand with the City of Paris and the inhabitants of Paris’ 15th arrondissement to improve everyday mobility. As the sector in the Paris Île-de-France region opens to competition, this opportunity to deploy Keolis’ savoir-faire in the heart of Paris is another step on the way to becoming a key mobility actor in and around Paris.
Keolis in Île-de-France - key figures
- 250 bus routes
- 2 networks reserved for people with reduced mobility
- 1 tram-train line (Tram 11 Express)
- 1 tram line (Tram 9 – under construction)
- 1 train line (CDG Express – under construction) *
- 4,000 employees
- 1,900 vehicles
(*in partnership with another operator)