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
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
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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