The urban community ofVannes agglo, a city in Brittany region, in France, just decided to award the operation of its urban bus network called “Kicéo” to RATP Dev, RATP group subsidiary.
“We are delighted to award the Kicéo bus network contract to RATP Dev”, stated Pierre Le Bodo, President of Vannes agglo. “We are convinced that its recognised expertise will accompany the mobility of our conurbation’s inhabitants now and in the future on a day-to-day basis.”RATP Dev will set up a subsidiary called CTGMVA (Compagnie des Transports Golfe du Morbihan - Vannes agglomération) to operate and maintain the network as a public service delegation. The contract will begin on 1 January 2017 and will last seven years.
The Kicéo network caters to over 141,000 inhabitants in the Vannes conurbation, which has 23 municipalities. The network has 57 directly-owned vehicles and 132 vehicles sub-contracted for ten regular urban bus lines, four peri-urban lines, school circuits and services, a transport-on-demand (TOD) service and a service for reduced-mobility passengers (RMP). The contract should generate over 105 million euros in revenue over its seven-year term.
According to RATP Dev CEO, François-Xavier Perin, “we are proud of the confidence shown in RATP Dev by Vannes agglo and our future partnership on the Kicéo network, where all the know-how of RATP Group, in particular regarding innovation and service quality, will be made available to inhabitants and local authorities.”
Kicéo will experience multiple changes in the next few months and years to ensure better service for its customers:
- Starting on 1 January 2017, TOD will be restructured better to ensure feeders to surrounding life and activity centres and other regular lines on the network. Furthermore, RMP customers will be able to request evening service for excursions to culture and sports events
- In July 2017 the network will be fine-tuned to have its transport offering and TOD offering in particular standardised across the new Golfe du Morbihan–Vannes conurbation region
- In 2020, the network will be developed with three structural lines at ten-minute intervals in accordance with the master plan for the conurbation’s public transport services.
Many neighbourhood commercial actions will be implemented at the same time along with significant innovations such as the multimodal digital mobility system, the “Mon car dans ma poche” (My pocket bus) app to track school buses in real time and e-tickets on smartphones, all of which will assist regularly rising patronage.