The French Région Sud has commissioned Keolis to operate two sections of its regional transport network in the Alpes-Maritimes region of south-eastern France with buses for eight years from 1 January 2022. Within one year, the bus fleet will be all-electric.
The fleet for the two sections includes 120 buses and coaches on 17 routes.
By 1 July 2023, Keolis is to introduce a fleet of electric buses consisting of double-decker coaches from Yutong and BYD as well as Heuliez buses. The French public transport operator Keolis was awarded the contract by Région Sud, the authority responsible for inter-urban transport in the regions of Provence, Alpes and Côte d’Azur.
The transport network in question covers the coastal region of Alpes-Maritimes and the hinterland of Grasse in south-eastern France and includes three high-frequency lines, two airport lines and twelve regular lines. The two sections won by Keolis include the region’s main cities (Cannes, Nice, Grasse and Antibes), several business parks and tourist centres, Nice-Côte d’Azur International Airport and the Sophia-Antipolis Technology Park.
Keolis is currently responsible for the operation of part of the two tendered sections.
In addition to electrification, the public transport operator aims, among other things, to increase the frequency of services, improve complementarity with the TER regional rail networks, create weekend services on certain lines and take bicycles on certain buses.