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New contract opens up integrated mobility options in Bergen

Public transport authority Skyss will roll out a mainly electric bus fleet this year, run by Keolis which already operates the Norwegian city’s light rail network

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The fleet will open up new mobility options for Bergen's 300.000 citizens. Photo: Morten Wanvik
The fleet will open up new mobility options for Bergen's 300.000 citizens. Photo: Morten Wanvik

Skyss, the public transport authority in the Norwegian city of Bergen, is to launch a fleet of buses that run on 100 per cent renewable energy this December.

 

It has awarded a nine-and-a-half year contract in the centre and west side of the city to shared mobility company Keolis, which also runs a light rail system in the city.

 

Light rail synergies

 

The fleet will comprise 136 mainly electric buses and those which run on fossil-free fuel. The whole fleet is expected to run a total of 5.7 million kilometres and carry 17 million passengers annually.

 

Keolis has operated the 20km Bergen light rail network since 2010, which comprises 28 trams. The contract was recently renewed for another eight years and now includes maintenance in addition to operations.

 

“Winning this contract gives us the opportunity to create synergies between our Bergen light rail network and the new bus operation and to offer our passengers a more integrated mobility offer,” said Bernard Tabary, CEO International of Keolis Group. “The 100 per cent fossil free bus fleet will enhance Bergen’s quality of life appeal ever further.”

 

The success of this light rail network has encouraged the public transport authority to develop plans for further expansions, with firm plans for a northern line and a new extension to the western line due to open in 2022. Between 12 and 14 new trams will be added to the network.

"It gives us the opportunity to create synergies between our Bergen light rail network and the new bus operation and to offer our passengers a more integrated mobility offer”

In addition to Bergen, Keolis is leading several electro-mobility projects in France and internationally. It has just launched the first electric bus rapid transit (BRT) service in Amiens and is preparing to launch the fully-electric BRT in Bayonne-Biarritz-Anglet, a hydrogen-powered BRT in Pau and the Caen tram system, which will all be brought into service over the next few months.

 

Meanwhile, outside of Europe, Keolis is operating the second largest electric vehicle fleet on the East Coast of the United States. After beginning operations in January 2019 in Greensboro in North Carolina, Keolis launched the state’s first fully electric bus route in February in the shift to what will become a full fleet of 43 fully electric buses.

 

On the West Coast in Los Angeles, Foothill Transit selected the Group to operate its network of 147 buses, including 14 electric ones, with plan for a fully electric fleet by 2030.

 

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