Bergen Light Rail, operated by Keolis Norge.
|Fjord1 Partner AS|
|Founded||Bergen, Norway (29 August 2008 )|
|Services||Light rail operation|
|Parent||Keolis Nordic AB|
Keolis Norge is the Norwegian subsidiary of Keolis, holding the contract to operate the Bergen Light Rail from 2010 to 2017 in a public service obligation (PSO) contract with Skyss. The contract has an option for additional two years of service, and is worth 400 million kr.
The company was established in 2008 as Fjord1 Partner AS, a joint venture between Fjord1 Nordvestlandske (49%) and Keolis Nordic AB (51%), a Keolis holding company for its Nordic operations, with the goal of bidding for the Bergen Light Rail contract and other PSO contracts for bus transport in the Bergen area.
The contract was announced on 2 April 2009, after Fjord1 Partner had beaten NSB, Tide Bane (Tide with HTM Personenvervoer) and Veolia Transport Bane for the contract. The infrastructure and the twelve Variobahn vehicles are owned by Hordaland County Municipality, while the operation subsidies are managed by Skyss, a county agency responsible for all public transport subsidies in Hordaland.
In 2014, Fjord1 sold their shares to Keolis, and the company changed its name to Keolis Norge AS.