Dijon awards first comprehensive mobility contract in France

5 January 2017  •  Author(s): Katie Sadler, Eurotransport

The Greater Dijon region has awarded a ‘comprehensive mobility’ contract which will see Keolis operate its public transport network, parking and bike-sharing services.

Dijon awards first comprehensive mobility contract in France

Keolis will continue to operate the Greater Dijon transport network, Divia, for a further six years until 2022. The new comprehensive mobility contract combines buses, trams, solutions for people with reduced mobility, car parks, short and long-term bike rentals, and car and bike impoundment lots from 01 January 2017. The operator will work with its subsidiaries EFFIA and EGS to manage car parking and Cykleo to run bike rental services. It is expected to generate €435 million in total revenue.

Dijon’s public transport, parking and bike-share services combined in a comprehensive mobility contract

According to Keolis, the comprehensive mobility approach aims to eliminate the frequent debate between those who drive and those who opt for public transport and alternative modes of transport, by promoting the shared use of public space.

As part of the comprehensive mobility contract, Keolis will oversee the renewal of the 400 short-term rental bikes at 40 different stations, and will manage nine car parks, two tram lines, 800 long-term rental bikes and a fleet of 200 buses. This will include 102 hybrid buses, making the Dijon network the first hybrid bus network in France.

The contract also includes modernising various aspects of the transport offer, primarily through the renovation of car parks (a €7.2 million investment), new equipment for transporting people with reduced mobility, and the renewal of the non-hybrid bus fleet by 2019.

“It is the first contract of its kind in France and will allow us to better respond the challenges involved in everyday mobility”

Frédéric Baverez, Executive Director Keolis France, said: “Through this unique and comprehensive mobility contract, Greater Dijon is demonstrating its capacity for innovation, and we are proud to accompany the region in its visionary approach. By awarding this contract to Keolis, the PTA in Dijon has recognised us as a leading mobility partner. It is the first contract of its kind in France and will allow us to better respond the challenges involved in everyday mobility: accessibility, energy transition and multimodal integration to make journeys simpler and more enjoyable for passengers in the region.”

As a result of the new contract, Keolis Dijon has been rebranded as Keolis Dijon Mobilités.

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