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RATP Dev to operate public transport in Brest from July 2019, France [free access]

May 27, 2019

RATP Dev has secured a contract from Brest Métropole to operate the public transport network in Brest, branded as ‘Bibus’.The contract has a term of 8.5 years. It will begin on July 1, 2019  and end on December 31, 2027. Currently, the public transport network is operated by Keolis.


During the contract period, RATP will reconfigure the local transport network, beginning in September 2020; replace the current bus fleet with electric buses and establish a charging depot; and add a new tram line (Line B) as well as a bus rapid transit (BRT) service (also known as high-level bus service or BHNS) by 2025. In addition to carrying out network developments, RATP will also implement an open payment system on public transport to allow passengers to pay their fares through credit cards; deploy the Mobility as a Service (MaaS) mobile application, which will integrate all the mobility services of the territory; use ‘big data’ to constantly offer optimised services; and inaugurate RATP Dev's first French Innovation Lab in Brest to generate and test innovations.


The Bibus network serves around 212,700 people in the eight municipalities of Brest Métropole. The current network comprises a tram line, 17 bus lines, 29 school circuits, one urban cable car line, transport for persons with reduced mobility, on-demand transport, as well as a bike rental service.