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Keolis wins new bus contract in Virginia

Through its US branch, our Keolis subsidiary has landed a contract to operate and maintain buses in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC, continuing its success in the United States.

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On 1 April 2021, Keolis Transit America will begin operating buses in Loudoun County, Virginia, under a new five-year contract. The deal expands Keolis’ footprint in the US—and especially in the Washington, DC region, where it has operated the Virginia Railway Express commuter rail service since 2010 and the OmniRide bus network since July 2020.

Targeting 1.6 million passengers annually

Under the €83 million contract, Keolis expects to carry 1.6 million passengers annually, with a fleet of 117 vehicles. The 28-line network was previously operated by two other transport providers, and Keolis plans to hire 120 of their employees to operate and maintain the buses.

The group also intends to boost ridership by improving the passenger experience, focusing in particular on punctuality and vehicle cleaning and disinfection.

Keolis has a workforce of 6300 in North America

Nearly two decades in the United States

The new contract builds on Keolis’ momentum in the United States, where it already operates a number of networks, from buses in Virginia and California to commuter trains serving Boston and Washington, DC.

The group has been present in North America since 2002 and ranks among its leading players, operating buses, light rail, trains, driverless shuttles, paratransit and on-demand transport in over 20 US cities. It has a workforce of 6,300 people, and in 2019 it delivered shared mobility services to over 110 million passengers across the continent.

A force for mobility around the world

A global pioneer in the development of large-scale public transport systems, Keolis operates mass transit networks for some 300 organizing authorities.

The group serves 15 countries—including the US, Denmark, China, Qatar and Australia—on five continents, carrying over 3.4 billion passengers a year.

And thanks to its expertise in shared mobility, Keolis is now present in 21 of the world’s largest metropolitan areas.

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    billion people used Keolis mobility services in 2019

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    Keolis does business in 15 countries