Keolis wins contract to operate alternative energy buses in greater Stockholm
The new 10-year contract will see Keolis operate and maintain an alternative energy bus network in Stockholm suburbs, serving over 476,000 residents daily.
Keolis has announced that it has been awarded a 10-year contract by Trafikförvaltningen (SL), the Stockholm regional transport authority, to operate and maintain an alternative energy bus network in the suburbs of Stockholm. Worth over €600 million, the contract will commence in August 2024.
The bus network, which serves a daily population of 476,000 residents, consists of 54 routes exclusively serviced by alternative energy-powered vehicles. With over 200 buses in its fleet, Keolis ensures that more than 80% of the total kilometres covered are by electric buses. In addition, the fleet includes buses utilising biodiesel (HVO). To facilitate the smooth operation of the network, the company plans to adapt and equip the depots with charging and maintenance facilities before the contract’s commencement.
The fleet covers an annual distance of 11.5 million kilometres, connecting the four municipalities. With nearly 1,400 stops, the network transports around 28.5 million passengers annually.
Keolis boasts a long-standing presence in Sweden, having operated in the country since 2003. With over 5,000 employees in six counties, including Stockholm, the company manages various transportation networks across the region. In Stockholm alone, Keolis already oversees the operation and maintenance of a network serving the city centre and Lidingö Island, comprising 41 routes and more than 330 vehicles powered by biogas, biodiesel and electricity.
In June 2022, Keolis had secured contracts for the bus networks in Uppsala County (biogas and biodiesel) and Gothenburg (electric). In addition, in August 2023, Keolis will begin operating and maintaining Lund’s all-electric tram and bus networks.
Keolis Sverige, the company’s Swedish subsidiary, had operated 1,600 buses running on alternative energies in 2022, covering over 100 million kilometres, highlighting its commitment to promoting sustainable public transportation in Sweden.
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