Keolis chosen by Boston to operate its commuter rail services

During a MassDOT (Massachusetts Department of Transportation) Board of Directors meeting held on January 8, 2014, the MBTA, Public Transport Authority of Boston, chose Keolis Commuter Services (KCS) to take over operations of the Greater Boston commuter service.

KCS is the brand name of the Keolis-SNCF joint venture (60% / 40%) that will run the service.

The historic Boston commuter network is the largest one in North America whose management is delegated to a private operator. It comprises 13 lines, 1000 kms of track, 134 stations and carries 36 million passengers per year.

The eight-year contract starts on 1 July 2014 with a possible 4-year extension.

Following the evaluation process, KCS received the highest score, both in terms of quality and value for money. After a public debate on 08 January, the MassDOT Board of Directors unanimously voted in favor of KCS’s offer.

Keolis is very pleased by the decision and appreciates MBTA’s confidence. The Keolis Group is already getting mobilized to start this new partnership and successfully manage the transition.