A transport offer multiplied by three
On 8 April 2022, the conurbation authority of Pays Foix-Varilhes awarded Keolis the operation and maintenance of its transport network, designed to meet the travel needs of 32,000 people living in 42 municipalities.
The new network, which will be launched on 27 August 2022 coinciding with the start date of the contract, will primarily consist of four bus routes, including a "strong" route (every 30 minutes), an electric downtown shuttle and an on-demand transport service accessible in all towns and villages of the conurbation.
The network will operate from Monday to Saturday, notably serving the railway station and university complex of Foix, the Ariège valley intercommunal hospital complex (CHIVA) and major businesses working in the aeronautics sector.
It will comprise a fleet of ten new vehicles (four buses, three minibuses, two vehicles adapted for on-demand transport and an electric shuttle). To reduce the energy consumption of the vehicles and contribute to the energy transition, a system for miniaturizing the injection of hydrogen into the thermal engines of the vehicles will be used, thereby reducing fine particle emissions1.
In compliance with the conurbation’s wishes, the future transport offer will be multiplied by three compared to the current offer. This will enable it cover 420,000 km/year.