Keolis Awarded up to a 10 -Year Contract to Operate Bus Services for the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County, Nevada

Keolis to operate and manage bus network serving over 7 million
passengers per year beginning in July 2019

RENO, Nev.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Keolis, a global transportation operator and leader in shared mobility
services, has been awarded a contract to operate and maintain the
Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County Nevada’s
fixed-route bus service RTC RIDE. The fixed-route bus network serves
over seven million annual passengers, including over 20,000-weekday
riders on 56 peak-operated vehicles.

RTC RIDE bus service comprises 27 routes. Vehicle operation, maintenance
and repair, customer service and workforce development and training are
just a few of the services detailed in Keolis’ scope of work. Keolis
employees have already been engaging with the community and taking steps
to ensure a smooth transition ahead of services launching on July 1,

“Keolis and the RTC share a similar vision for the future of
transportation in Washoe County; we see a system with tremendous
potential and a partner with a willingness to incorporate innovative
transportation solutions to make a positive and sustainable impact on
the community,” said Keolis Transit America President & CEO Steve Shaw.
“We will be a collaborative partner with both the RTC and the Truckee
Meadows community to continuously improve the passenger transport
experience in Northern Nevada. We thank the RTC for putting their trust
in Keolis.”

The RTC plans to eventually convert to an all-electric fleet and
incorporate new transportation modes, into its network to improve and
expand service offerings for the community. In close collaboration with
the RTC, Keolis welcomes the opportunity to support the 2040
Regional Transportation Plan
, which includes fostering safe and
healthy communities, incorporating more sustainable transportation
options, increasing passenger travel choices and supporting economic
development and diversification in Washoe County.

“We believe in transportation as a catalyst for developing economic
opportunities that are sustainable and meet the community’s present and
future needs. The RTC aims to inspire, innovate and implement an
integrated, efficient regional transportation system.” said RTC
Executive Director Lee Gibson. “We are excited to partner with Keolis
since they are closely aligned with our long-term transportation vision
based around people, safety, extensive collaboration with the community
and federal, state and local partner agencies to sustain and enhance our
valued quality of life.”

Keolis operates public transport networks for 300 transport authorities
in 16 countries on four continents around the world, including 12 modes
of transportation. In the United States, Keolis currently operates
transit services in six states; Virginia, Florida, Massachusetts,
Nevada, North Carolina, and California. These services span local and
express fixed-route buses, paratransit, call center operations, media
and fare sales, taxis, shuttles, commuter rail, and the nation’s first
autonomous shuttle to operate on open streets in Las Vegas.

To learn more about Keolis’ operations in North America, visit:

About Keolis

Leading the way in public transportation, Keolis partners with public
decision makers to make shared mobility an asset for cities and their
communities. Keolis adopts an innovative approach to develop new forms
of shared and customized mobility and reinforce its core business across
a range of transport modes including trains, buses, paratransit, micro
transit, autonomous shuttles, taxis, river shuttles, and urban cable
cars. Keolis moves more than 3 billion passengers a year worldwide on
its transportation systems. Learn more about how Keolis and its 60,000
employees are “Thinking Like a Passenger” at

About RTC

The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County, Nevada serves
the citizens of Reno, Sparks and unincorporated areas of Washoe County.
As the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization for the
region, the RTC provides leadership in planning and implements quality
transportation systems to meet the community’s present and future
transportation needs. For more information about RTC projects visit
and sign up for email updates using MyRTC or call (775) 348-0400. Follow
RTC on Facebook,
and YouTube.


Christopher Barker

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