Keolis launched on June 21st the ION Light Rail Transit (LRT) – the Waterloo Region’s new rapid transit system in Ontario, Canada – at Kitchener's Fairway Station. The system will serve the residents and visitors of Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge, as well as surrounding rural municipalities. As part of the GrandLinq Consortium , Keolis Grand River – Keolis’ local subsidiary – is responsible for the 16 kilometers of light rail line operations for the next 10 years, and maintenance for the next 30 years. The contract, which was awarded in May 2014, is under a Public-Private Partnership (PPP). This is Keolis’ first light rail operation in North America.
On 29 April 2019, the French Riviera Urban Community selected Keolis to operate and maintain its public transport network called Zest. This new six-year public service delegation contract starts on 8 July 2019 and is expected to generate a total revenue of €60 million. Keolis’ missions are to reinforce the transport network offer across the 15 cities and villages of the community and modernise the network by rolling out new digital services, including Wi-Fi access in all buses. Keolis has committed to increasing passenger numbers by 17% and boosting revenue by 24% across the whole network between now and 2025.
On June 10-12, at the UITP World Congress 2019, Keolis demonstrated how 5G technology can be harnessed to control autonomous vehicles remotely. The 5G technology provided by Ericsson offers increased efficiency, reliability and safety in autonomous vehicles operation. This is another milestone illustrating Keolis’ expertise in autonomous vehicle operations
On 8 May 2019, RKH Qitarat, the joint venture consisting of RATP Dev, Keolis and Hamad Group, opened the first section of the Doha metro to the public. This follows the award in December 2017 by Qatar Rail of a contract to operate and maintain Qatar’s first urban rail transport network for a period of 20 years. The network includes three automated metro lines in Doha, the Qatari capital, and four tram lines located in the city of Lusail.
Keolis has been awarded a six-year contract which will generate total revenue of nearly €23 million to operate the public transport services across the 44 towns and villages making up the Moulins Community, starting on 1 September 2019. The main aspects of this contract involve implementing a new transport network, replacing the fleet of buses and introducing a new ticketing system. Keolis will completely rethink mobility across the urban area and introduce a new appealing, connected and coherent service offering.