Inter-City Bus Travel in Québec Will Never be the Same

Inter-City Bus Travel in Québec Will Never be the Same

On October 23rd at the inter-city bus Terminal in Quebec City Keolis Canada had a press conference to present its new logo and buses to the press, as well as to the public.

Keolis Canada, who will now be controlling inter-city bus travel between major cities in Québec is part of Groupe Keolis  which is 70% owned by SNCF and 30% by the Caisse de depot et de placement du Québec.

Keolis has taken over the operations of Orléans Express, and Murray Hill bus lines; making it the main shareholder of what was formerly known as Groupe Oléans.

Seatbelt_BusGroupe Keolis is a European company based in Paris boasting over 4 billion Euros worth of bus transportation revenue a year, employing some 47,200 people world-wide, and doing business in 13 countries. Keolis Canada itself employs about 900 experienced and highly qualified people, including drivers, maintenance personnel and administrative staff right here in Québec.

Not only has the name of the company changed, but so to have the buses, and the president of Keolis Canada M. Denis Andlauer, was proud to cut the ribbon to welcome folks aboard one of the new “autocars” adorned with the new paint job giving us a glimpse of what we will see on the highways of Québec in the near future.

Groupe Keolis has been in the ground travel business a long time and they know what their clients want. The new buses are spacious with large windows, 110-volt ac plugs, (in case you forgot to shave before leaving), and there are USB ports for every passenger so you can plug in and catch up on that meeting update before seeing your boss at your destination, or just listen to your favorite music without having to carry on a conversation with that big guy beside you. Wi-Fi is available for free and fold out tables are readily available to place your laptop on instead of actually setting it on your lap.

Keolis_Canada_Bus_InteriorAfter exploring the interior more closely I noticed the utter luxury and comfort that abounds throughout; it was hard to believe I was on a bus. The seats are thick, covered with material instead of leatherette, there are cushioned headrests you can fall asleep in and there’s lots of legroom. Bus travel will never be the same.
Another feature that Marie-Eve Bisson, Keolis Canada’s public relations and marketing co-ordinator, wanted to promote was the new security features incorporated into the new buses. Besides the drivers being better protected there are seat belts installed on every seat, allowing passengers to “buckle-up” just like they do in their own cars, or taxis. The wearing of seat belts on long distance coaches is new and the company wants to encourage their use as much as possible. There is no law stating passengers must be attached in public transportation and the bus drivers cannot force the wearing of seat belts on their buses, but with the recent bus accidents we hear about it only makes sense that people will adapt soon enough, as most injuries happen from people being thrown from their seats.

Keolis_Canada_Staff_Ribbon_CuttingThe new buses are equipped with all the latest technology and environmental precautions available today and are the most secure autocars on the road to date, allowing passengers to travel in complete comfort and confidence.

This new acquisition by Groupe Keolis is considered a first step in implicating the company in the North American road travelling business, and the company hopes to expand throughout Canada in the not too distant future. It also offers courier and charter service throughout Eastern Canada.

So it’s all aboard for the new era in bus travel, Bon Voyage!

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Job Patstone

Job Patstone was born in Hamilton, ON. and has lived in Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton and Red Deer AB. He is presently living in Quebec City, with his wife. He worked for Xerox for 26 years and was an ESL teacher for another ten.

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