Keolis Downer, Keolis’ Australian subsidiary, won an eight-year contract to operate and maintain 406 buses in Greater Sydney.
The contract was awarded by Transport for New South Wales and is set to start on 31 October 2021. It is the first time this network will be managed by a private operator.
To improve passenger experience and boost ridership, Keolis Downer has committed to introduce 125 electric buses by 2030.
The Greater Sydney Bus Contract features 47 lines covering 17.7 million kilometres annually. It serves 400,000 residents in the city’s Northern Beaches and lower North Shore suburbs.
The deal includes operating a Bus Rapid Transit network, B-Line, with 38 diesel-powered double-deck buses manufactured by MAN. Launched by the New South Wales government in 2017, the B-Line provides high frequency services from Mona Vale to the centre of Sydney, as well as night services.