POMONA, CA – April 26, 2017 – Keolis Transit Services announced that it has won an eight-year contract, with a four-year extension option, for the operation and maintenance of Foothill Transit in Southern California. Keolis will assume management of the operation on July 1, 2017.

Under the terms of the contract, Keolis will be responsible for operating and maintaining local fixed and express route transit services. The contract will require Keolis to maintain and manage a fleet of 139 vehicles, including 14 fully-electric Proterra buses.

“We’re looking forward to our new partnership with Keolis,” said Doran Barnes, Executive Director of Foothill Transit.  “Their international experience with technology-based solutions will be an asset as we move to deploy our new CAD/AVL system and add to our electric bus fleet.”

“We are honored to be Foothill Transit’s preferred operator and we look forward to serving their riders,” said Steve Shaw, President and CEO of Keolis Transit Services. “We look forward to delivering safe and reliable service while building a strong, collaborative partnership with Foothill Transit that will benefit the citizens of this community.”

Keolis North America CEO Clément Michel cited Keolis’ commitment to sustainability as an obvious link between the organization and Foothill Transit. “Foothill Transit is committed to sustainability, and their goal to have a 100% electric bus fleet by 2030 demonstrates that commitment,” he said. “At Keolis, we share this commitment and are working with all our partners to provide sustainable, environmentally friendly, and inter-connected transportation systems for commuters throughout North America.”

In announcing the selection, Foothill Transit highlighted a number of attributes that led to the decision to choose Keolis including:

  • A well-designed staffing plan
  • Innovative approaches to service delivery
  • Strong CAD/AVL system transition experience
  • Demonstrated improvements in on-time performance at other agencies
  • Experience with implementing programs and best practices to ensure the highest levels of fleet maintenance and vehicle appearance


About Foothill Transit
Foothill Transit provides community-oriented, environmentally friendly bus service throughout Southern California’s San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys, including express bus routes to Pasadena and Downtown Los Angeles, providing 14 million bus rides each year.

About Keolis
Keolis is a global leader in the passenger transportation industry, operating systems in 15 countries including Canada and the United States. The largest light rail operator in the world, Keolis transports 3 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 60,000 employees are always “Thinking Like A Passenger” at


Leslie Aun
Keolis North America
(703) 517-4550