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Keolis strengthens
its leadership
in Australia

Keolis Downer—a joint venture uniting Keolis with Australia’s Downer-EDI—has signed an agreement to acquire Australian Transit Enterprises, one of the country’s top bus operators. The new contract positions Keolis Downer as Australia’s leading private operator of public transport.

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Keolis Downer takes the lead
in multimodal public transport

On 10 March 2015, Keolis Downer signed an agreement to acquire Australian Transit Enterprises (ATE), one of the country’s top bus operators.

A joint venture between Keolis and Australia’s Downer EDI, Keolis Downer was founded in 2009 and now manages the world’s largest tram network in Melbourne. Since 2014, it has also managed the light rail network for Gold Coast, a city north of Sydney, carrying 190 million passengers a year.

Keolis Downer’s purchase of ATE’s bus network is “the most important acquisition since EFFIA,” says Bernard Tabary, Chief Executive Officer International at Keolis. “This shows that Keolis and our partner Downer are deeply committed to expanding the current geographical and multimodal footprint in Australiaa strategic market for our group’s growth and development.”

The combination of Keolis Downer’s international experience with ATE’s high-quality operations positions the group as the country’s No. 1 multimodal public transport provider, and makes it a partner of choice for future large tenders in Australia.


Australia’s 5th-largest
private bus operator

Brisbane-based ATE was founded in 1974 and now operates a fleet of nearly 1,000 buses, serving route, school and charter lines in several regions of Australia.

The group consists of four divisions:

  • Path Transit, providing route and school bus services in the Perth region
  • Southlink, providing route and school bus services in metropolitan Adelaide
  • LinkSA, providing route, school, special bus and dial-a-ride services in the Adelaide region
  • Hornibrook, providing route and school bus services in the Brisbane region