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Veolia Transport (formerly Connex) is the international transport services division of the Frenchmarker-based multinational company Veolia Environnement. Veolia Transport trades under the brand names of Veolia Transportation (in North America), Veolia Transport, Veolia Verkehr in Germany, with the former name Connex preserved in Melbournemarker, Lebanonmarker, Israelmarker and Jersey.

Veolia has diverse road and rail operations across the globe, employing 72,000 workers worldwide and serving completely or partly about 40 metropolitan areas with more than 1,000,000 inhabitants, including:
  • Asia : Mumbai, Seoul, Nanjing, Huainan, Hong Kong,
  • Europe : Paris, Marseille, Lyons, Barcelona, Madrid, Belgrade, Berlin, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Prague, Warsaw, Dublin, Tyne & Wear,
  • North America : Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Sacramento, San Diego and Toronto (York) Region,
  • South America : Bogota and Santiago,
  • Oceania : Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Auckland.


In 2007, the group posted revenues of 5.6 billion.

The rail freight branch of the organisation Veolia Cargo was sold in 2009 to SNCF and Eurotunnel..

Asia and Middle East

People's Republic of China

    • Huaibei : Bus network operated as a joint venture into a city of 2 040 000 habitants (932 185 hab. urban in 2006) in Anhuimarker province,
    • Huainan : Bus network operated as a joint venture into a city of 1 076 000 habitants (1 075 754 hab. urban in 2006) in Anhuimarker province,
    • Nanjingmarker : 2 bus networks into Pukou and Luhe Districts in the western part of the city on the other side of the Yangtzemarker,
    • Ma'anshan : Bus network operated as a joint venture into a city of 1 243 900 inhabitants (545 534 hab. urban in 2006) forming part of outer suburban Nanjingmarker,
    • Hong Kong Island : Veolia acquired 50% of Hong Kong Tramways and took over the daily operations from The Wharf on April 7, 2009.


Israel

India

    • Mumbaimarker: Veolia is part of a consortium which is led by Anil Ambani's Reliance Energy Limited. Hong Kong MTR is the other partner. They will build the first corridor of the Mumbai Metrorail on the 11.4 km stretch between Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar on the east-west corridor. The project is expected to begin by end of 2006, to be completed by 2009.

Korea



Europe

Belgium

  • Veolia operates some de Lijn routes under contract.

Czech Republic

  • Veolia is the largest bus operator, after a 2002 take-over of the Slezsko regional network in Silesia. Veolia runs 12 urban transport networks especially around Ostravamarker and Teplicemarker and 3 travel agencies. It also runs an international train service between the Czech Republic and Germany.

Denmark

  • Veolia ran half of the transport operations of the privatised Combus especially around Copenhagenmarker. These operations were sold to Arriva in October 2007.

Finland

    • Helsinkimarker: Veolia owns Helsinki Metropolitan Area's bus company Veolia Finland, which was previously Linjebuss and operates essentially in Vantaamarker, a northern suburb of Helsinki.
    • Tamperemarker: Veolia owns the regional bus company previously known as Alhonen & Lastunen
    • Seinäjokimarker: Veolia owns yet another local bus company, now known as Veolia Transport West Oy, operating both local and long-distance routes.


France

Germany

  • Veolia Verkehr, former Connex Verkehr, offers train services, several of a regional character such as the Bayerische Oberlandbahn from Munichmarker, and two long-distance services. Veolia owns a number of bus companies, mostly in suburban areas. It also operates tram systems:
    • Aachenmarker: Suburban buses,
    • Berlinmarker: Suburban tram line linking to the S Bahn,
    • Frankfurtmarker: Suburban buses,
    • Hagenmarker: Urban network,
    • Pforzheimmarker: Urban network won by Veolia in August 2006. Network included in "Karlsruher Verkehrsverbund GmbH" (KVV) and linked to it by Tram-Train line,
    • Schwäbisch Hallmarker: Urban network,
    • Stuttgartmarker: Suburban buses,
    • ...and also into rural areas.

Ireland

  • Dublinmarker: Veolia operates the Luas tramway which started operations in June 2004.
  • Galwaymarker: Veolia owned the Nestor Airlink bus company which operates between Galway and Dublin Airportmarker. However Jim Burke & Sons. own and run it now, as of March 2009. Gobus.ie.


Jersey

Netherlands



Norway

Poland

  • Veolia owns a number of bus companies and operates an urban network:
    • Tczewmarker: Urban city network.


Serbia

  • Veolia owns a number of bus companies and operates 2 urban networks:


Slovakia

  • Nitramarker: Urban network and bus station.


Slovenia



Spain

Sweden



United Kingdom

See also: Bus transport in the United Kingdom


Oceania



Australia



New Caledonia

  • Nouméamarker: Veolia created and runs the Noumeamarker suburban bus network.

New Zealand



North America

Veolia Transportation is the North American business unit of Veolia Transport

USA

Veolia arrived in the United States in 2001, with the acquisition of Yellow Transportation in Baltimore, Marylandmarker. On September 1, 2005.

Veolia (then "Connex") acquired ATC, making Connex-ATC the largest privately owned public transportation company in North America. In 2006, Connex-ATC changed its name to Veolia Transportation, acquired ShuttlePort, and won several contracts in the USA, including:

Veolia now employs over 16,000 employees with 6,500 vehicles and a revenue of approx. $495 M. in 2005 in North America. Its executive team includes Mark Joseph (CEO of VTNA). It is headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinoismarker.

Veolia also owns the SuperShuttle airport shuttle service.

Veolia has been the subject of several investigations by the Federal Railroad Administration for safety violations in both Texasmarker and Californiamarker . On September 12, 2008, a Veolia engineer operating a Metrolink train in Southern California failed to obey a red signal and crashed his train head on into a Union Pacific freight train causing at least 23 deaths.

Canada

In April 2005 Veolia were awarded the contract in York Regionmarker in suburban Toronto, Ontario, Canada running the bus rapid transit (BRT) naming the routes VIVA and joining with York Region Transit (YRT) as a one fare transit system.

Veolia also operates transit services in the Greater Montreal Area



South America

Chile

  • Santiagomarker: Veolia operates feeder services to the Metro and "Troncales" in northern suburban Santiago.

Colombia

  • Bogotámarker: Veolia, in conjunction with three other operators, runs a 90 km right-of-way bus line called the TransMileniomarker system used by more than 1,400,000 persons a day.


Controversy

Veolia has been contracted to build a rail line from Mt. Herzl in the West of Jerusalem to a series of the Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem. This line, which is intended for the use of these settlers, will cut through Palestinian regions without stops. In November 2006, ASN, a Dutch bank, broke off financial relations with Veolia on account of the light rail contract.

According to Al-Jazeera "Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights (LPHR) has overseen significant research that makes a strong legal case for local authorities to exclude Veolia Environmental Services from bidding for local authority contracts. This will enable campaigners to challenge UK local authorities which hold a contract with, or invite, Veolia to tender for a contract. If no satisfactory response is given, legal action could be the next move." .

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