The Urban Region is positively surprised by the time and energy put into the tenders and particularly by the tender content. Connexxion’s offer proved to be the best, totalling a very high assessment score. Connexxion’s offer will significantly improve public transport in Amstelland-Meerlanden and render it future-proof’, said Pieter Litjens.
The Amstelland-Meerlanden franchise
A franchise grants a transport company the exclusive right to operate public transport within a certain area. The Amstelland-Meerlanden franchise area comprises the municipalities of Aalsmeer, Amstelveen, Haarlemmermeer, Ouder-Amstel (except for the community of Duivendrecht) and Uithoorn, plus a number of connections to Amsterdam, Haarlem and the municipality of Ronde Venen. The area covers over 300 square kilometres and has a population of over 300,000. The area also houses a key driver of the Dutch economy: Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Another important pillar is the Aalsmeer flower auction. Every year more than 30 million passengers travel by bus in this region. The Urban Region contributes € 40.5 million to this franchise on an annual basis.
The Urban Region’s objective was to contract a public transport company that customises its offering to the current and future travel needs of residents and tourists in the region, that offers high-quality products and that seeks to achieve zero-emission bus transport. The winning tender more than meets these objectives.
The Urban Region assessed the tender based on a number of criteria, including the supply of public transport, the extent to which growth in passenger numbers is allowed for, product quality, reliability and sustainability. Of the four public transport companies vying for the franchise, Connexxion had the highest score for all criteria and, as such, put in the best tender. The result is an attractive and comfortable supply of public transport: quick, frequent, accessible and recognisable. Services are run using clean and comfortable buses.
24/7 public transport
More travel options, also for smaller communities
Shared cars and bicycles as supplementary mobility services
Electrical zero-emission buses
A subsidiary of Caisse des Dépôts and Veolia, Transdev is a world leader in mobility. Transdev is a consultant for regional authorities and supports them in everything from the pre-project phase to project management assistance to daily operation of public transport networks. With 83,000 employees in 19 countries, the group operates 43,000 vehicles and 22 tramway networks. In 2015, Transdev had a turnover of 6.6 billion euros.