RENEWED CONTRACT URGES KEOLIS SWEDEN TO PURCHASE 15 NEW E-BUSES
Keolis Sverige, Keolis' Swedish subsidiary, was awarded a four-year contract extension by the Swedish public transport authority (PTA) Storstockholms Lokaltrafik (SL) worth 500 million euros to operate and maintain a fossil-free bus fleet in Stockholm, Sweden. The original contract, due to expire in August 2022, will now run until August 2026 and features the introduction of 15 new fully electric buses to the current fleet.
Effective from August 2022 the renewed contract covers the operation and maintenance of 335 fossil-free buses to serve the centre of Stockholm and Lidingö island northeast of the city, home to 400,000 residents. Also under this new contract, 15 new electric buses will complete the existing fleet from August 2022.
Keolis will also enhance the passenger experience by implementing an IT system which will allow commuters to keep track of the precise position and arrival time of the next bus and know the number of passengers on board. The 361 km network features 41 lines, 400 bus stations, three depots and carries 80 million passengers annually. A new depot equipped with a charging system for the e-buses is due to be built and 1,400 Keolis staff will be dedicated to operating and maintaining this network.
Present in Sweden since 2003, Keolis Sverige is the second-largest player in the Swedish bus market which counts over 6,000 employees. It operates in six regions with around 1,800 fossil-free buses, covering 93 million km and carrying 240 million passengers every year.