A well-established bus operator in the Los Angeles area
The Group has been awarded a contract by OCTA to operate and maintain 209 vehicles along 36 routes out of the Anaheim and Irvine/Sand Canyon bases. This is equal to approximately 40% of OCTA’s fixed route bus service. By contracting this service, OCTA will provide an additional 150,000 service hours to the passengers and visitors of Orange County, California, which has a population of approximately 3.1 million people.
Keolis' objectives will include implementing an employee training plan, retaining employees, and providing reliable service and increasing ridership.
Keolis has already a strong presence in the region, including several contracts such as Pomona, Victorville (Orange County), Van Nuys and Burbank Airport. This makes it the leading bus operator in Orange County.
In addition, the Group recently won a two-year contract to operate the paratransit system in San Fernando and Santa Clarita, north of Los Angeles.
Keolis, supporting transit authorities in their energy transition
Located east of Los Angeles, Pomona is a city of nearly 150,000 people. The bus system, operated and maintained by Keolis on behalf of Foothill Transit, serves 14 local routes in the San Gabriel Valley and 4 express routes to downtown Los Angeles and Pasadena.
With this contract renewal, Keolis will continue to operate and maintain the 147 buses already running on alternative energies (mainly electricity and CNG) and will support its client in its ambition to transition to hydrogen. Foothill Transit, which has had three hydrogen-powered buses in its fleet for nearly a year, intends to expand its fleet with the introduction of 33 new vehicles. To this end, the transit authority is equipping its Pomona site with a 95,000-liter [PH1] hydrogen tank to fuel its fleet. Keolis teams will assist this deployment drawing on expertise acquired in its Bus and Energy Center [PH2] of Excellence.
This renewal also reinforces Keolis' position as a partner of choice in Southern California.
Keolis has been present in the United States since 2010, with activities in 21 cities and six states, and employs nearly 5,000 people in the country. The Group is the leading private rail operator with the MBTA network around Boston, Massachusetts, and additionally operates nearly 1,200 buses, including 300 in California.