On 16 September, Keolis opened the automated Shanghai Pudong International Airport metro through its Chinese joint venture. The Passenger Rapid Transit System connects two existing terminals (T1 and T2) to two satellite halls (S1 and S2) which were inaugurated on the same day. This new milestone bolsters Keolis’ presence in China so it can more effectively meet the country’s growing urban mobility needs and enhances its position as a world leader in automated metro operation and maintenance
On 2 September, 2019, Keolis, which runs Chronoplus, the transport network of the Basque Country conurbation authority in the south of France started operating a 100% electric BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) line on behalf of the public transport authority SMPBA . The 12 km long line featuring 30 stations offers an innovative, more sustainable mode of transport that will connect Bayonne to Biarritz, two major cities in the south of France in 30 minutes. The line’s opening, which will be followed by the launch of a second electric line between Bayonne and Tarnos in 2020, is part of a much larger, global overhaul of the network. Thanks to the deployment of a new transport offer which is simpler for passengers to understand and use, MPBA and Keolis are expecting a 25% ridership increase across the network by the end of 2023. The e-BRT line between Bayonne and Biarritz represents a new milestone in the Group’s electric mobility strategy with Keolis remaining the largest operator of electric transport networks in France in 2019.
On 27th July 2019, Keolis, which operates the Twisto public transport system, launched the new tram system on behalf of Caen la Mer’s urban community, in Normandy, in the north of France. Following 19 months of works, this new mode of transport will replace the previous rubber-tyred tram system. The tram network is made up of three lines totalling 16.2 km of track. It serves 36 stations with 26 trams and forms the backbone of the new Twisto transport system.
On July 18th, the French Government and “Hello Paris” – the consortium formed by Keolis and RATP Dev – signed the operating contract of the CDG Express, the future direct rail service between Paris Gare de l’Est (East Station) and Charles de Gaulle airport, which is due to open by the end of 2025.
Keolis, in partnership with Ipsos, has published the results of Keoscopie International, a new global mobility study investigating the habits of a sample made up of 6,600 people based in 37 cities across 15 countries. The study looks at mobility habits of people living in different cities, how those people use new technologies, and the impact that digital technologies have on their mobility. The study also highlights specific national or local features. Keoscopie International is available here in summary with the full results here) Keoscopie International originated in the Keoscopie study which was first launched in 2007 in France. The study looks at socio-demographic changes including work patterns, use of digital technologies, life expectancy and regional development and the impact of these changes on mobility. The study, which reflects Keolis’ commitment to responding to passengers' needs as effectively as possible, has been used to develop bespoke mobility policies that are compatible with public transport authorities’ objectives and passenger aspirations. Operating in 16 countries in partnership with 300 Public Transport Authorities, 2018 saw Keolis decide to expand the study’s scope to become a worldwide study taking in 37 cities in 15 countries.