The original contract, due to expire in August 2022, will now run until August 2026 and features the introduction of 15 new fully electric buses to the current fleet.
This new milestone reflects SL's confidence in Keolis as a partner to provide a reliable, clean and comfortable mobility service to Stockholm's residents and visitors, and to support its transition to electric buses.
On 3 July 2020, Keolis Sverige, Keolis' Swedish subsidiary, was awarded a four-year contract extension by SL worth 500 million euros. Effective August 2022, it covers the operation and maintenance of 335 fossil-free buses to serve the centre of Stockholm and Lidingö island northeast of the city, home to 400,000 residents.
Under this new contract, 15 new electric buses will complete the existing fleet from August 2022, paving the way for the PTA to roll out its electrification strategy for a greener public transportation system. Keolis will also enhance the passenger experience by implementing an IT system which will allow commuters to keep track of the precise position and arrival time of the next bus and know the number of passengers on board.
The 361 km network features 41 lines, 400 bus stations, three depots and carries 80 million passengers annually. A new depot equipped with a charging system for the e-buses is due to be built and 1,400 Keolis staff will be dedicated to operating and maintaining this network.