Keolis reinforces its presence in the USA

8th January 2024

    Keolis begins 2024 with the start-up of two contracts to operate and maintain bus networks in Phoenix (Arizona) and Austin (Texas). In the eastern suburbs of Phoenix, the Group takes over a network of 300 buses for a period of 4 years. In Austin, Keolis is starting to operate a network of 430 vehicles under a 5-year contract.

    Keolis expands its presence in the United States

    On 1 January, Keolis began operating and maintaining a bus service in the East Valley of metro Phoenix for Valley Metro. Under the 4-year contract, Keolis will carry more than 1.5 million passengers a year on the 30 fixed, express and circulator serving the cities of Tempe, Scottsdale, Chandler, Fountain Hills, Gilbert and Mesa (Arizona), using a fleet of 300 natural gas buses and 650 bus operators.

    The Group has also been awarded a 5-year contract by the CapMetro transport authority to operate and maintain a bus network in Austin, Texas. Since 1 January, Keolis has been operating 25 bus routes, including 12 dedicated to the University of Texas, with 430 vehicles (including 20 electrics) and 900 drivers.

    Key figures of Phoenix network - Valley Metro (Arizona)

    • 6 cities served

    • 30 local, express and circulator bus routes

    • 311 revenue vehicles (90% working in natural gas)

    • 858 employees (incl. 650 drivers)

    Key figures of Austin network - CapMetro (Texas)

    • 25 bus routes

    • 430 vehicles (incl. 20 electric vehicles

    • Approx. 1,200 employees (incl. 900 drivers)

    The award of these two contracts marks the end of a prolific year for Keolis in the United States, with the renewal of its contract in Foothill (California) until 2027 and the award of a contract in Orange County (OCTA) (California). At Foothill, the Group operates a fleet of 147 vehicles that already run on alternative energies and will ensure the full commissioning of 33 hydrogen-powered buses, making it the largest hydrogen-powered fleet in the country. 19 buses have already been added to the fleet in 2023. In Orange County, Keolis operates almost 40% of the routes linking Santa Ana to Newport Beach and Irvine, a total of 209 vehicles.

    These two new contracts, with a combined turnover of 215 M€ per year, increase Keolis' presence in the United States, where it has been operating since 2010. The Group, which operates commuter rail, bus, shuttle, on-demand transport and transport services for those with reduced mobility on behalf of 13 transit authorities in 8 States, employs nearly 8,000 people in these countries.

    Key figures of Foothill Transit network (California)

    • 4 local routes in the San Gabriel Valley

    • 4 express routes to downtown Los Angeles and Pasadena

    • 147 vehicles

    • 33 hydrogen buses added to the existing fleet

    • 363 employees (incl. 270 drivers)

    • 6.9 million passengers per year

    Key figures of Orange County network (California)

    • 36 bus routes

    • 209 vehicles

    • 555 employees (incl. 309 drivers)

    • 30 million passengers per year