Keolis and STIF partner to improve bus networks in Île-de-France

14 February 2017  •  Author(s): Rachael Harper

Bus networks in Greater Paris are set to develop further thanks to a new partnership deal.

After a year of negotiations, STIF, the public transport authority for Greater Paris and Keolis, one of the world’s leading public transport operators, have signed 20 operation contracts for bus networks in the region. Each contract will cover four years from 2017-2020 and will generate a combined revenue of around €750 million.

Long-term plans

This is part of a continuing framework as implemented by STIF to improve bus networks in Greater Paris, as well as raise standards of service quality and fare evasion. Furthermore, the partnership will allow a number of ambitious trials to take place in Greater Paris in the areas of alternative energies and new forms of mobility.

Moreover, this adds to Keolis’ plans to strengthen its position as a benchmark for transport in Greater Paris. The company currently has 4,100 employees, 2,100 vehicles and 24 subsidiaries in the district.

Improving bus networks together

Commenting on the partnership, Keolis Executive Chairman, Jean-Pierre Farandou said: “The signing of these contracts will enable us to imagine together mobility solutions needed for the Grand Paris metro project and the Greater Paris region. Keolis will continue to leverage its expertise in operations and customer experience, as well as its innovation strategy for new forms of mobility and digital technology.”

Five additional contracts are also currently being negotiated, and are expected to be signed shortly, ensuring the future is bright for transport in Île-de-France.

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