Bus Rapid Transit reinforces Keolis’ presence in the Netherlands

Posted: 12 December 2017 | | No comments yet

Keolis brings Bus Rapid Transit and electric buses to the city of Almere, near Amsterdam…

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Keolis, through its Dutch subsidiary Keolis Nederland, has started the bus network of Almere, close to Amsterdam. The Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system is a first for Keolis in Europe outside of France. This new milestone will offer passengers an excellent level of service and comfort and is the first network to be operated under the new brand Keolis Nederland.

Speaking on the occasion, which also saw the launch of regional trains in the Province of Overijssel (Eastern Netherlands), Bernard Tabary, CEO, Keolis International, said: “We have a great deal to celebrate today. Not only are these our first projects in the Netherlands being operated under the name Keolis Nederland, but they also comprise Keolis’ first BRT system in Europe outside France. We have the experience to ensure that, as cities and towns develop and expand, our bus services will help to meet the demands of the PTAs and our passengers, ensuring future proofing, sustainable, mobility”.

Almere, a fast growing municipality is expected to be the fifth largest city in the country by 2030. The 10-year contract was awarded by the Municipality of Almere for a contract worth €400 million. The bus network, called AllGo, is 46km long and is composed of 14 lines which include six BRT lines and 24/7 service during the weekend. Keolis will operate a total of 101 new buses including 31 BRT buses running every five minutes, and covering 85 per cent of the city bus network. The bus fleet is also made-up of 68 city buses manufactured by MAN and seven electric ones built by BYD. The buses are expected to carry 100,000 passengers per day and all bus journeys on the new network will be cash free.

Its location in the Netherlands enables Keolis to address the mobility needs from urban to suburban and regional journeys.

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