Keolis’ Australian subsidiary, Keolis Downer, has started operating a new real-time on-demand transport service in Newcastle, as part of its Smart City Program. This new service builds on the success of existing on-demand services in Lake Macquarie, Newcastle, where ridership continues to grow by over 5% each month. It provides the local community and visitors a better access to public transport and aims to shift from private cars to public transport
05/11/2019 Joel Lebreton, Keolis Group Supervisory Board Chairman, appointed Patrick Jeantet as Keolis Group Executive Chairman during an extraordinary Supervisory Board meeting on Tuesday 5th November. Patrick Jeantet will begin as Keolis Group Executive Chairman in early 2020. During the transition period which began on November 1st, Kathleen Wantz-O'Rourke, Keolis Group Finance and Legal Executive Director, has been acting Chairwoman.
From 29 October to 3 December 2019, Keolis will be embarking on a tour of seven cities throughout France – Le Mans, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Salon-de-Provence, Prenois, Bouxières-aux-Dames and Comines – to promote more sustainable forms of mobility across the country. The group's alternative energy experts will be presenting their vision of various clean energies (bio NGV , electric and hydrogen) as well as existing rolling stock to public transport authorities in order to feed their reflection on the challenges of climate change within their territory. Following launches of fully electric bus rapid transit (BRT) services in Amiens and Bayonne-Biarritz in 2019, this initiative is further evidence of the group's desire to make mobility more environmentally friendly.
On 8 July 2019, elected officials of the Epinal conurbation authority (CAE ‒Communauté d’Agglomération d’Epinal), renewed their confidence in Keolis Group to operate the public transport network Imagine. This new 6-year public service concession begins on 1 January 2020. It will generate cumulative revenues of approximately 30 million euros. Keolis, which has operated the network since 2012, will be tasked with developing the transport offer in the region, notably by setting up evening transport services and developing a passenger information system. By the end of the contract, Keolis is committed to increasing the number of network users by 12% and revenues by 11% across the entire network.
On 28 September 2019, the elected officials of Nevers Agglomération, located in the centre of France, renewed their confidence in Keolis Group to operate the Taneo public transport network. The new 6-year public service concession begins on 1 January 2020. It will generate cumulative revenues of approximately 42 million euros. Keolis, which has been operating the network for 12 years, will be tasked with strengthening the transport offer in the conurbation, in particular by facilitating access to on-demand transport and deploying contactless payment. By the end of the contract, Keolis is committed to increasing the number of passengers by 11% and revenues by 25% across the entire network.