Keolis Belgium announced it has renewed its contract with the City of Ghent (East Flanders) for another year to operate ‘Wandelbus’ (wandel = walk), an electric bus service in the heart of Ghent. Keolis Belgium has been trialling six electric mini buses as part of this service in Ghent since October 2017. The city has more than 260,000 residents. Wandelbus has carried around 41,000 passengers during nine months and has proved to be an ideal and accessible mobility solution for small to mid-size cities.
Stefan de Prycker, CEO Keolis Belgium said:
“At Keolis we do our utmost to think like a passenger. Through the Wandelbus service, we are able, in partnership with our client De Lijn, to provide an accessible, sustainable and comfortable mode of transport to residents and visitors of Ghent, while making the city more liveable and enjoyable.”
Operating on a 5km fixed route and at a speed of 5km per hour, the electric mini buses are quiet and are well suited to the centre of Ghent, which is a tourist area and car-free zone. The service runs from 11am to 11pm on weekdays, and on weekends when there are special events. Each vehicle can accommodate up to eight passengers who ride for free. It is a highly flexible service as passengers can get on board the bus by simply raising their hand and hailing the bus, and can get off where they want by informing the driver.