KEOLIS PAYS TRIBUTE TO FIRST RESPONDERS ACROSS NORTH AMERICA AND AROUND THE WORLD WITH SPONSORSHIP OF 2015 WORLD POLICE & FIRE GAMES

12,000 Police and Firefighters to Test Their Athletic Skills in Global Competition in Fairfax, Virginia

FAIRFAX, VA – June 22, 2015 – Keolis, a leading provider of passenger transportation services with operations in U.S. and Canada is supporting local first responders on their journey to Fairfax, Virginia to compete in the 2015 World Police & Fire Games from June 26 to July 5.

Held biennially, the World Police & Fire Games continues to grow in size and scope, in both attendance and number of countries participating. Some key facts and figures about the 2015 Games include:

  • 12,000 athletes from more than 70 countries will be participating, making the event larger than the 2012 Summer Olympics
  • 30,000 family visitors will be in attendance of the Games
  • $70 million will be produced in direct economic impact to the region
  • 61 sporting events will be held in 53 venues in and around Fairfax County, Virginia and the National Capital Region

Globally, Keolis manages transportation systems in more than 15 countries and is the largest light rail operator in the world

“As one of the world’s leading operators of public transit system, Keolis works closely with police and public safety teams to ensure the safety of our passengers, our employees and the communities we serve, particularly here in Northern Virginia  where we operate the Virginia Railway Express, ” said Eric Asselin, General Manager  of Keolis North America. “We’re truly honored to support the World Games and these hero-athletes who have traveled from across the globe to compete for the gold. ”

Keolis Commuter Services, which operates the MBTA Commuter Rail System in Boston, was a major sponsor for the Boston Police Hockey Team.

“Our first game is Saturday and we are so looking forward to it,” said team coach Gerard McHale, a retired deputy superintendent with the Boston Police Department. “Keolis has been one of the backbones of making these games a success for us and we greatly appreciate their support and commitment to the games. I can promise we’re going to do everything we can to bring home the gold medal to Boston.”

For more information on how where the sports events and activities will be taking place, please see a full schedule here.

About Keolis

Keolis is a global leader in the passenger transportation industry, operating systems in 15 countries including North America. The largest light rail operator in the world, Keolis transports 2.5 billion passengers a year via trains, buses, shuttles and taxis, and also provides fleet management and maintenance, logistics and routing services. Learn more about how Keolis and our 55,000 employees are always “Thinking Like A Passenger” at www.keolisnorthamerica.com

For Further Information Contact:

Leslie Aun
Director of Communications, North America
Keolis
leslie.aun@keolisna.com
(703) 517-4550