New operators selected for Île-de-France network

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Transdev, Keolis and Lacroix-Savac have been chosen to operate routes in the Ile-de-France Mobilités network in the Greater Paris region, as part of the gradual opening up of competition for bus networks.

As part of the first two contracts, Transdev has been appointed to operate routes in the Cœur d’Essonne urban community – which consists of 37 routes and one transport-on-demand service – and to operate 35 bus lines serving the urban heart of the community of Versailles Grand Parc. The contracts will begin on 1 August for periods of six and five years respectively.

Keolis has been awarded the contract for the operation of 39 routes and one on-demand service serving the North and East of the Roissy Pays de France urban community. Beginning on 1 August 2023, the contract will last for a period of five years. Finally, Île-de-France Mobilités has awarded operator Lacroix-Savac the contract for the operation of 22 routes and eight on-demand services in the Briard plateau, in the department of Seine-et-Marne, which will also begin on 1 August for a period of four years.

In line with European regulations, over-arching transport authority Île-de-France Mobilités has been seeking competitive tenders for bus networks in the outer suburbs of Paris, a system which will eventually apply to all modes of public transport within the city, including the historic metro network in 2039. It has placed an emphasis on improving travel conditions for Ile-de-France residents, including improvement in the frequency of buses and new innovation as well as improved passenger information.

The once familiar RATP jade green livery is gradually being replaced by the blue of the Ile-de-France Mobilités network, carried by buses from multiple operators in the region. JONATHAN WELCH