KEOLIS SECURES BUS CONTRACT IN VIRGINIA
Keolis has been awarded a new contract to operate and maintain a bus network to carry 4 million passengers per year in Virginia (US) from 1 November 2020 for a period of five years. This contract, awarded by the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC), occurs a month after it awarded Keolis a five-year extension to its current contract to operate the Virginia Railway Express commuter rail. Keolis already operates 1,000 buses across the US.
The contract is worth approximately 110 million euros and involves operating and maintaining the OmniRide bus service in Virginia from 1 November 2020. OmniRide serves William County and its surrounding areas, which count 4.6 million inhabitants who use both the local and commuter bus service into Washington, D.C. A total of 166 buses, adapted for people with reduced mobility, will run on the network which features 26 routes and includes 17 park-and-ride car parks.
In responding to a competitive procurement, Keolis highlighted its extensive knowledge of the region as the operator of Virginia Railway Express (VRE). Following the award, Keolis will now bring its safety-focused and passenger-centric approach to operating OmniRide’s commuter, local and paratransit service and to maintaining PRTC’s assets. Keolis will integrate 237 new employees. Keolis North America President and CEO Clement Michel: “The Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia metropolitan region is incredibly important to us as it is where Keolis began in the U.S. and the PRTC was one of our first U.S. partners through the VRE contract.”
Keolis in North America Keolis has been present in North America since 2002, where it carries 116 million passengers on modes including fixed route, paratransit, tram and commuter rail services in 21 cities. Keolis employs 6,000 people in the US and Canada.