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Swedish transport authority awards fossil-free bus contract

Storstockholms Lokaltrafik has awarded Keolis a €500m, four-year extension to operate and maintain the fleet, which will serve the centre of Stockholm and Lidingö island.

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The fossil-free fleet will serve 400,000 residents of Stockholm and Lidingö island
The fossil-free fleet will serve 400,000 residents of Stockholm and Lidingö island

Swedish public transport authority (PTA) Storstockholms Lokaltrafik (SL) has awarded Keolis a €500m, four-year extension to operate and maintain a fossil-free bus fleet in the capital city of Stockholm.

 

The original contract with the multi-modal transport company, 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. It paves the way for the PTA to roll out its electrification strategy for a greener public transportation system.

 

Fossil-free buses

 

The 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.

 

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 361km 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.

 

“Together, we will improve the quality of mobility as part of a strategy to develop greener cities,” said Bernard Tabary, CEO International at Keolis.

 

Keolis’ commitment to accelerating the transition to greener energies worldwide Keolis works hand-in-hand with PTAs around the world to integrate more sustainable mobility within networks for the benefit of passengers and the environment.

“Together, we will improve the quality of mobility as part of a strategy to develop greener cities”

Earlier this year, Keolis was awarded a 10-year contract to operate and maintain 47 buses, including 32 fully electric vehicles in the greater Copenhagen area, in Denmark, starting in June 2021. In Norway, in 2019, Keolis was awarded a contract to operate and maintain 140 fossil-free buses in the city of Bergen, of which about 100 are electric.

 

In the same year, in France, Keolis launched the 100 per cent hydrogen Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line in Pau and the 100 per cent electric BRT lines of Bayonne-Biarritz and Amiens, making Keolis France’s largest operator of 100 per cent electric networks.

 

In North America, Keolis operates electric buses in Greensboro (North Carolina), Foothill (South California) and Reno (Nevada) in the United States.

 

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