GROUPE ORLÉANS EXPRESS ACQUIRES INTERCITY PASSENGER TRANSPORT OPERATIONS OF AUTOBUS DRUMMONDVILLE LTÉE, STRENGTHENS HAND AS QUÉBEC LEADER IN FIELD

MONTREAL, Feb. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - Groupe Orléans Express Inc. and Autobus Drummondville ltée (ADL) are pleased to announce the conclusion of an agreement on the transfer of ADL's intercity motorcoach passenger transportation and intercity courier permits to Groupe Orléans Express. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval by Commission des transports du Québec. Once granted, the intercity motorcoach services will be operated by Autocars Orléans Express.

With this agreement Groupe Orléans Express now covers more of Quebec, providing service to Drummondville, Saint-Hyacinthe, Saint-Cyrille, Notre-Dame-du-Bon-Conseil, Sainte-Clothilde, Victoriaville, Princeville, Plessisville, Bernierville, Black Lake, Thetford Mines, and other municipalities along the way. The new routes strengthen its network and consolidate its position as Quebec's main intercity passenger transportation provider.

Scheduled service and routes will remain the same as before, but local travelers will now enjoy the comfort and quality of Orleans Express motorcoaches, including no charge Wi-Fi Internet. ADL intercity drivers will keep their jobs and work for Orleans Express.

"This acquisition fits perfectly with our growth strategy," noted Groupe Orléans Express president and CEO Sylvain Langis. "The ADL network is right in the heart of the Montreal-Quebec City corridor already served by Orleans Express, making it a natural addition to our Group's operations."

ADL is pleased with the transaction. "There are natural ties between our operations and Groupe Orléans Express in the continued development and growth of intercity passenger service in the region," said Christian Bourgeois, president of Autobus Drummondville ltée and Groupe Bourgeois ltée. "Our corporate strategy to emphasize the charter market will come more sharply into focus with this sale."

About Groupe Orléans Express
Groupe Orléans Express offers intercity passenger transportation and courier service as well as charter transportation service in Quebec and the Maritimes. Its Orleans Express routes serve the Montreal-Quebec City corridor as well as the Mauricie, Lower St. Lawrence, and Gaspé regions. Through its Acadian subsidiary, the Group provides intercity service in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. Groupe Orléans Express is also active in the school bus, city transit, motorcoach charter, and motorcoach maintenance fields.

The Group employs over 900 workers and runs a fleet of 400 vehicles, including 105 intercity coaches, transporting 1.7 million passengers and nearly a million packages a year.

Groupe Orléans Express Inc. is 75% owned by the French firm Keolis, a major player in public transportation in 12 countries around the world and 25% by Mr. Sylvain Langis, its president and CEO.

SOURCE Groupe Orléans Express

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