Intercity travel is essential to the development of regions and in the day-to-day life of local residents.
Keolis provides transport offers that are tailored to meet each region’s needs and that provide a real alternative to private car usage.
of the French population live in rural or semi-rural areas
Responding to each regions’ needs
Keolis is able to draw on its expertise to manage each network on a regional scale, as seen on the Charente-Maritime and Calvados networks in France.
On some main roads, Keolis manages dedicated lanes for high frequency coach services such as in the Livéo service in Franche-Compté, France, and the Lila Premier service in the Loire Atlantique and in Sophia Antipolis regions of France.
« Les Mouettes » : Keolis carries 500,000 passengers per year
main lines and 254 supplementary lines
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Premium coach services linking regions
- Timetables and itineraries which are simple, consistent, adapted to local lifestyles and easy to remember.
- Multimodal tickets and pricing that are compatible with other transport modes and networks, such as SNCF train and local transport services, and that allow passengers to travel using just one ticket.
- Conveniently located stops to facilitate smooth transitions between bus lines, local transport networks and other transport modes such as bike-share services or carpooling.
- Passenger information that combines all available transport modes with real-time updates before, during and after passenger journeys. In Valence-Privas, France, for example, passengers can take advantage of real-time information updates for connecting trains and their corresponding platform numbers.
- Use of high-end vehicles with low floors, flat screens, power sockets, Wi-Fi access, high quality interior fit-outs, comfortable seats and four-seat booths.
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Alternative, complementary solutions
At a regional level, Keolis develops networks based on arterial routes and complements these with supporting routes to meet local needs, whether commuting to work, travelling to school, connecting with railway lines, using park and ride services, or for tourism. This goal is illustrated by the implementation of alternative yet complementary solutions:
- Flexo: A mix between a regular coach line and on-demand transport, the Flexo concept combines guaranteed departures, set timetables and flexible drop-off locations to suit passenger needs. With Appelobus, a part of the Bus Verts de Calvados service operating in France, an additional service is offered to supplement existing transport during off peak periods along 10 lines.
- Car sharing: Keolis encourages the development of car sharing as an alternate use for private cars. Thanks to its partnership with Ecolutis, for example, the Group offers transport authorities a professional, customisable car sharing platform targeted at intercity travel.
- Tourism: Keolis is prepared when the holiday season starts. In many regions, the Group operates dedicated services between stations and popular holiday sites. In Charente-Maritime, France, for example, passengers can use one ticket to travel on the SNCF train network and the Ré Express line servicing the Ile de Ré. The Express line’s timetable is also timed to align with TGV train services.
Safe, high quality school transport services
To win the loyalty of young residents who are more dependent on their parents than public transport, Keolis is continuously improving its intercity school transport offer. Timetables are set according to school start and finish times, vehicle comfort is constantly being reviewed and Wi-Fi access is provided on board. In Beaune, France, a study showed how delaying timetables by around 10 minutes after school finishing times could reduce the number of coaches needed from 30 to 21 vehicles! This is a significant savings with no impact onservice quality. In another French city, Rennes, an adjustment to certain university class timetables by 15 minutes reduced overcrowding in the metro and improved passenger journeys.
Efforts are also being made across the board to raise awareness about safety on buses amongst primary and high school students (communication campaigns, short films shown on school buses, classroom education programmes)