With over 330 million passengers transported in 2016 and six networks currently in operation worldwide, Keolis is the world leader in automated driverless metros.

Keolis, over 30 years of expertise in automated metros

Keolis is a pioneer in automated metros, and launched the world’s first driverless network in Lille, France, in 1983. Whether they run on rubber tyres, rails or shafts, Keolis’ automated metros meet the specific mobility needs of cities thanks to their high passenger capacity and limited environmental footprint (zero CO2 emissions). A centralised control system means operators can adapt the frequency and number of trains in real-time, providing passengers with a fast, safe and reliable mode of transport. 

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punctuality and reliability for the Rennes metro

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metros maintained by Keolis

Qatar embraces shared mobility

Together with our French (RATP Dev) and Qatari (Hamad Group) partners, we have been awarded a contract to operate the future automated, driverless Doha metro and the tram network in Lusail, a town currently being constructed north of the capital.

“Since we won the tender at the end of 2017, work has been progressing at a good pace,”

confirms Thierry Couderc, CEO and Managing Director of the RKH Qitarat joint venture that combines the three entities. 

“We open the first metro line in May 2019. The entire metro and light rail network will be up and running by 2020. The metro alone should carry 650,000 passengers a day. Qatar wants to make the city of Doha more attractive for visitors and facilitate the population’s daily journeys as the country prepares for the post-fuel extraction era. Its ambition is to be a model for smart cities.”

For the public transport authority, the project has been cause for satisfaction,

“We are very pleased to be working with RKH Qitarat and in particular with Keolis, benefitting from their global expertise in operations and maintenance of metro and tram networks,” comments Abdulla Al-Sulaiti, Director at Qatar Rail.


"Ageing networks require operational overperformance," said the authors of a study carried out in 2017 by the consultancy Wavestone. Keolis’ teams have been perfectly delivering this requirement for a long time, as illustrated by the same study benchmarking 25 automatic metro lines around the world. The research concluded that out of the 25 lines reviewed, four lines operated by Keolis were the most efficient in terms of reliability and quality of service (lines 1 and 2 of Lille, the Docklands Light Railway in London and Line D in Lyon). It’s worth remembering that Line 1 of Lille’s automated metro is the oldest in the world (1983), while those in London and Lyon are 30 years old and 26 years old respectively. This impressive list shows that Keolis' expertise in asset management is key in making the Group a world leader in automated metros.

Slideshow - Our metros around the world