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.
For the first time in a medium-sized French city, Keolis is deploying a contactless payment solution for buses. The service is compatible with all banks and contactless payment cards affiliated to MasterCard and Visa. The new service is designed to encourage local residents and occasional visitors to use the Linead public transport network and to improve the frequency and punctuality of the service.
2018 was an exceptional year of development for Keolis with many tenders won and growth in turnover and EBITDA of +10% and +15% respectively. At €5.93 Bn, turnover increased significantly notably thanks to the contract signed with Transport for Wales, and is now approaching the €6 billion milestone. This strong growth in turnover comes with an even larger increase in profitability (recurring EBITDA), which rose by 15% in 2018, from €342 M to €392 M.
Operating margin is 6.6%.
On 20 March 2019, Keolis launched the penultimate section of the Hyderabad automated metro adding 10 km of lines to the existing 46km network. The metro now connects the city from east to west and crosses Hitec City , a major business district which attracts a large number of companies and new residents to Hyderabad each year. Since the launch of the network in November 2017, Keolis has provided 50 million passenger journeys. Once completed, the network is expected to carry 1.5 million passengers per day.