Keolis starts new on-demand mobility service in Macquarie Park in Sydney, Australia

03-30-2018
Keolis’ Australian subsidiary, Keolis Downer, has started a new on-demand mobility service called Keoride, providing an innovative and efficient way to travel across Macquarie Park, located in a suburb of Sydney. The trial started on 26 March 2018 and is part of the NSW Government’s on-demand transport programme and the Future Transport Technology roadmap. Keoride will be powered by revolutionary technology supplied by Via, which seamlessly matches multiple passengers travelling in the same direction in real time. This personalised and flexible service will provide an enhanced passenger experience and encourage the use of public transport.

The first trial of an on-demand transport service started on 26 March 2018 in Macquarie Park, located in a suburb of Sydney. This trial is part of the New South Wales Government’s On-Demand Public Transport Pilot Program and the Future Transport Technology Roadmap.

The service is called Keoride and is operated by Keolis Downer, Keolis’ Australian subsidiary, and powered by Via, the leading developer of shared ride technology. This new ride sharing service will provide a personalised, reliable and efficient service to local communities, and encourage the use of public transport for anyone in the Macquarie Park surrounding area. Passengers will be picked up from a designated point within the Macquarie Park precinct to a designated point close to their destination. Keoride operates exclusively to and from the central precinct in Macquarie Park.

The additional flexibility and convenience offered by this on demand transport service complements existing public transport options, helping to reduce personal car usage, pollution and congestion.

Keoride uses the latest technology

Keoride uses Via’s revolutionary technology, which is already powering transport solutions across the United States, Europe, and New Zealand, totaling over 25 million shared rides to date.

The Keoride app will match passengers who are travelling in the same direction and calculate an optimised flexible route to pick them up and take them to their destination.

Via's powerful technology is redefining mobility across the globe, seamlessly integrating with public transit infrastructure to provide on-demand dynamic transportation solutions. We are delighted to be partnering with Keolis Downer and TfNSW to help Sydney lead the way in mobility innovation through the launch of this convenient, affordable, and eco-friendly service.
Daniel Ramot, co-founder and CEO of Via
We are excited to collaborate with TfNSW to transform the public transport network by implementing on demand transport services that focus on the passenger. By testing innovative first and last connectivity mile solutions, we provide more choices to passengers and a viable alternative to the car. This trial will provide valuable insights for the future development of timetable-less services in NSW.
David Franks, CEO of Keolis Downer