MONTREAL, May 14, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ - Keolis Canada and the City of Candiac are pleased to announce that the 100% electric autonomous shuttle will be back on public streets in Candiac starting May 15, 2019. With a 15-passenger capacity, the shuttle will follow the same 2-km circuit announced when it first entered service in October 2018, travelling between the exo park-and-ride and the intersection of Boulevard Marie-Victorin and Boulevard Montcalm Nord, near Parc André-J.-Côté. It will make several stops along the route, including at the city hall and in front of a retirement complex and local businesses.
"We're really excited about restarting this first long-term autonomous shuttle pilot project in Candiac after the winter break," says Marie Hélène Cloutier, vice president of passenger experience, marketing and sales at Keolis Canada. "While it seamlessly merges into regular traffic, it provides a true shared mobility experience. We invite all curious and interested public transit riders to use it again or try it for the first time."
Enjoy summer to the full with free shuttle service
According to a Léger survey to measure happiness levels published in February 2019, Candiac is the 3rd happiest city in Quebec. "This ranking reflects our hard work to make Candiac a model of exceptional quality of life through innovative projects. Offering our residents access to the first autonomous electric shuttle on public streets in Canada is one of the top-quality, innovative services we want to make available," says Normand Dyotte, mayor of Candiac.
Residents and visitors alike are invited to use the shuttle to facilitate their trips to the many summer activities taking place in Parc André-J.-Côté, as well as the new local organic market that will be hosted at city hall every Wednesday from 3 to 7 p.m.
Visit www.candiac.ca to see the City of Candiac's schedule of summer activities.
For more information about the project and the shuttle's operating hours, visit https://keoliscandiac.ca/.
A $350,000 grant was awarded by the Ministère de l'Économie et de l'Innovation (Ministry of Economy and Innovation – MEI) through the Innovation program as part of support measures for pilot projects outlined in the action plan for the road transport and sustainable mobility industry.
About the NAVYA autonomous electric shuttle
Since September 2016, Keolis has already safely transported more than 136,000 passengers with its 17 autonomous electric shuttles around the world. Perfect for urban areas and proprietary locations such as airports, industrial sites, theme parks, hotel complexes and hospitals, the shuttle was designed and made to optimize and facilitate first- and last-kilometre travel.
About the City of Candiac
A natural oasis located less than 25 minutes from Montreal along the Saint Lawrence River, Candiac is known for its urban forest with 17,000 trees and its public spaces, as well as its planning practises and sustainable mobility. With its innovative spirit, Candiac is positioning itself as an attractive, modern city while offering its residents a superior quality of life that respects the environment and focuses on the well-being of current and future generations.
About Keolis Canada
Keolis Canada, a passenger transit operator, develops mobility solutions tailored to evolving passenger lifestyles and local government expectations: interurban and urban transit, light rail, self-driving shuttle, and traditional and electric school bus transportation, as well as accessible, airport and charter transportation. Keolis Canada's team of 976 experienced employees provides a high-quality, safe and reliable service with a fleet of 428 vehicles including 14 light rail trains that will be deployed as part of the future Keolis Grand River operations in Ontario. Every year, Keolis Canada transports more than 12 million passengers and more than 1 million packages.
Keolis Group designs custom mobility solutions tailored to evolving passenger lifestyles and local government expectations. As the world leader in operating automatic metro systems and light rail, Keolis relies on an innovation policy that is supported by and open to all of its partners, to develop new offerings in innovative and custom shared mobility that includes trains, buses and cars, trolley buses, group TVDs, river and ocean shuttles, self-serve bicycles, car sharing, 100% electric autonomous shuttles and urban tramways.
A leader in the French urban transit sector, Keolis Group is a major player in the public transportation of passengers in Europe and around the world. Today, more than 3 billion passengers have used shared mobility services offered by Keolis. The Keolis Group is owned by the SNCF (70%) and the Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec (Quebec pension and investment fund) (30%). It has 63,000 employees in 16 countries with revenue in 2017 of €5.4 billion (CDN$8.7 billion).
For more information, visit https://www.keolis.ca/fr.
SOURCE Keolis Canada
For further information: Source: Marie Hélène Cloutier, Vice president, passenger experience, marketing and sales, Keolis Canada; Information and media contacts: Raphaëlle Cyr-Lelièvre, Director, Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Telephone: 418-425-0986, Cell: 418-580-0040, Email: email@example.com