MONTREAL, Feb. 28, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Keolis Transit America (KTA), a
sister subsidiary of Keolis Canada, was unanimously awarded a contract
by the board of directors of Southern Nevada's Regional Transportation
Commission (RTC) to operate the majority of the urban transportation
network in Las Vegas. This major win fits the Keolis Group growth
strategy in North America.
Keolis Transit America won the larger part of the network, Lot B, with
55% of the vehicles (approximately 30 million passengers annually),
thanks to the quality of its proposal and the teams called on to head
the future operation. The call for tenders prohibited a single operator
from winning the entire network, which was divided into two lots.
Lot B is the more iconic part of the network, as it serves southern Las
Vegas, the famous "strip." This bus network-among the biggest in the
United States under delegated management-is one of the most visible and
most structured urban contracts in the country.
The contract, with a five-year initial term that can be extended another
five years, will generate total turnover of US$500 million and begin
July 7. Apart from operating 207 buses, Keolis will be responsible for
maintenance, staffing, and customer service. The fleet includes double
decker and long buses, as well as some fifty BRTs (bus rapid transits),
using a range of alternative energies (natural gas and hybrid).
A major step for Keolis on the North American market
This win marks a milestone in Keolis's development in the United States,
a market that the Group has great ambitions for, both in urban
transportation and local rail services.
Bernard Tabary, International CEO of Keolis, says, "This new contract is
the result of the successful integration of KTA in the Group. It marks
a major step for Keolis's expansion in the U.S. and will serve as a
reference for future calls for tender that we take part in, in urban
transportation, paratransit, shuttle services, and on-demand
transportation. It backs up our powerful implementation strategy in the
U.S., where we currently have several ongoing tenders."
Keolis has been in Canada since 2002 and moved into the rail services
market in the U.S. with the Virginia Railway Express, serving
Washington, D.C.'s southern and western suburbs. It then expanded into
the urban transportation sector with the 2009 acquisition of part of
the assets of Groupe Gaudreault in the Lanaudière region and, in late
2011, of Tectrans, a public transportation operator based in California
that became Keolis Transit America in 2012.
About the Keolis Group
The Keolis Group develops customized mobility solutions adapted to
travelers' changing trip requirements and community needs. An urban
transit leader in France, the Keolis Group is a major public
transportation player in Europe and worldwide. Present in 13 countries,
Keolis boasts annual revenue of over €4.9 billion and 52,600 employees.
Keolis Group shareholders are SNCF (70%) and Caisse de dépôt et
placement du Québec (30%). The shareholders indicated their intent to
continue the profitable growth strategy that was established over 10
years ago and will drive the firm's development in France and around
About Keolis Canada
Keolis Canada, a subsidiary of the Keolis Group, specializes in bus
transportation for passengers in Quebec. Keolis Canada provides high
quality, reliable, and safe intercity, charter, airport, urban, school,
and specialized transportation services thanks to its team of more than
788 experienced employees.
Keolis Canada operates a fleet of 385 vehicles, including 75 buses
providing various intercity transportation services. Each year, Keolis
Canada carries 1.1 million passengers and more than 1 million parcels
thanks to its Orléans Express and Expedibus divisions.
SOURCE: Keolis Canada
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