Orleans Express

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Orléans Express is an intercity and charter coach operator based in Montréal, Québec. It is a subsidiary of Keolis Canada.

Intercity corridors

Current

  • Bas St-Laurent: Québec—Rimouski
  • Centre-du-Québec: Montréal—Drummondville—Victoriaville (acquired from Autobus Drummondville in 2011)
  • Gaspesie: Rimouski—Percé—Gaspé
  • Gaspesie: Rimouski—Mantane—Gaspé
  • Mauricie: Montréal—Trois-Rivières—Québec
  • Montréal—Québec

Former

  • Centre-du-Québec: Montréal—Drummondville—Victoriaville—Thetford Mines (acquired from Autobus Drummondville in 2011; service cut back to Victoriaville on January 1, 2015)
  • Troise-Rivières—Shawinigan—La Tuque (discontinued on January 1, 2015; taken over by Autobus Chevrette in 2015)

History

Orleans Express was founded in 1990 after six former Voyageur Colonial managers purchased a number of lines from their former employer. These were the Montréal—Québec, Bas St-Laurent, and Gaspesie services. Included in the sale was 80 buses. Orleans Express also rehired a number of former Voyageur employees.[1][2] Operations commenced in July of 1990.[3]

Keolis, a French passenger transportation company, bought a 75 percent stake in Orléans Express in 2002. Keolis purchased the rest of the company in 2012.

In 2003, Orléans Express launched their package delivery service known as Éxpedibus. Orléans Express acquired Maratime-based Acadian Lines in 2004 which operated as a subsidiary of Orléans Express. They also inherited Acadian's Express Courier service.

In September 2009, Groupe Orleans was formed after the acquisition of Lanau Com, Lanau Mécano, Les Transports Fagnant, Sabem, Autobus Lachenaie, Murray Hill, and the urban transportation operations of Lanau Bus operatig in the MRCs of Les Moulins and Assomption from Groupe Gaudreault.[4] Keolis became the sole shareholder in 2012 and Groupe Orléans was renamed Keolis Canada.[5]

Following the full acquisition by Keolis, Orléans Express launched a new interior and exterior look on their buses in October 23, 2012. Coaches carry the Keolis teal and blue livery with the Keolis name on the side.

Fleet roster

Active

Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
6351-6357 2012-2013 Prevost H3-45
  • First to have new Keolis identity
6378 2013 Van Hool TD925
6451-6460 Orléans Express 6460-a.jpg 2014 Prevost H3-45
6751-6760 2016 Prevost H3-45
  • 2017 model-year
6761-6763 2017 Prevost H3-45
6851-6860 2018 Prevost H3-45
68951-6962 2019 Prevost H3-45

Retired

Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
001 2000 Ford/Girardin E-450/MB-IV
2600-? 1976 Prevost Champion
2906-? 1979 MCI MC-9 Detroit Diesel 8V71N
3022-? 1980 MCI MC-9 Detroit Diesel 8V71N
3112-? 1981 MCI MC-9 Detroit Diesel 8V71N
3200-? 1982 MCI MC-9 Detroit Diesel 8V71N
3400, 3403,
3408-?
1984 Prevost Marathon XL Detroit Diesel 8V92TA
3700,
3703-3704,
3719 -?
1987 Prevost LeMirage XL Detroit Diesel 8V92TA
3801, 3804,
3808,
3810-3811 -?
1988 Prevost H5-60 Detroit Diesel 8V92TA Allison HT-755 CR
3812-? 1988 Prevost LeMirage XL Detroit Diesel 8V92TA
4203-? 1992 Prevost LeMirage XL Detroit Diesel 8V92TA
4301-4302? 1993 Prevost H3-40 Detroit Diesel 8V92TA
4400-? 1994 Prevost H3-40 Detroit Diesel 8V92TA
4501-4503 1995 MCI 102-D3 Detroit Diesel S60 Allison B500
4555-4556 1995 MCI 102-DL3 Detroit Diesel S60 Allison B500
4601-4602 1996 Prevost H3-45 Detroit Diesel S60 Allison B500
4655-4660 1996 Prevost LeMirage XL-45 Detroit Diesel S60 Allison B500
4671-4679 1996 Prevost H3-45 Detroit Diesel S60 Allison B500
4751-4758 1997 Prevost H3-45 Detroit Diesel S60 Allison B500
4761-4778 1997 MCI 102-DL3 Detroit Diesel S60 Allison B500
4852-4857 1998 Prevost H3-45 Detroit Diesel S60 Allison B500
4863 1998 MCI 102-DL3 Detroit Diesel S60 Allison B500
4870 1998 MCI 102-EL3 Detroit Diesel S60 Allison B500
4901-4902 1999 Prevost H3-45 Detroit Diesel S60 Allison B500
4903-4904 1999 MCI 102-EL3 Detroit Diesel S60 Allison B500
5001-5003 2000 Prevost LeMirage XL-II Detroit Diesel S60 Allison B500R
5101-5112 2001 Prevost LeMirage XL-II Detroit Diesel S60 Allison B500R
5201-5209 2002 Prevost LeMirage XL-II Detroit Diesel S60 Allison B500R
5301-5310 2003 Prevost LeMirage XL-II Detroit Diesel S60 Allison B500R
5351-5352,
5358
2003 Prevost H3-45 Detroit Diesel S60 Allison B500
  • 5351 was originally numbered 5301
5401-5413 2004 Prevost LeMirage XL-II Detroit Diesel S60 Allison B500R
5453, 5458,
5462-5463
2004 Prevost H3-45 Detroit Diesel S60 Allison B500
5501-5514 2005 Prevost LeMirage XL-II Detroit Diesel S60 Allison B500R
5560-5562 2005 Prevost H3-45 Detroit Diesel S60 Allison B500
5601-5605 2006 Prevost LeMirage XL-II Detroit Diesel S60 Allison B500R
5656-5658 2006 Prevost H3-45 Detroit Diesel S60 Allison B500
5701-5709 2007 Prevost X3-45 Detroit Diesel S60 Allison B500
5756,
5760-5761
2007 Prevost H3-45 Detroit Diesel S60 Allison B500
5800-5813 2008 Prevost X3-45 Detroit Diesel S60 Allison B500
5860 2008 Prevost H3-45 Detroit Diesel S60 Allison B500
5900 2009 MCI J4500 Cummins ISM Allison B500
5901-5912 2009 Prevost X3-45 Detroit Diesel S60 Allison B500
  • 5911 sold to unknown company
5952, 5957 2009 Prevost H3-45 Detroit Diesel S60 Allison B500
6002-6006,
6008-6012
Orléans Express 6002-a.jpg 2010 Prevost X3-45 Detroit Diesel S60 Allison B500
6050-6051 2010 Prevost H3-45 Detroit Diesel S60 Allison B500
6101-6105 2011 Prevost X3-45 Volvo D13 Allison B500
6203-6204 2012 Prevost X3-45 Volvo D13 Allison B500
6251-6252 2012 Prevost H3-45 Volvo D13 Allison B500
6255-6257 2012 Prevost H3-45 Volvo D13 Allison B500
6258-6261 2012 MCI J4500

References

  1. "Sale of Bus Routes Concluded." The Gazette: D1. Apr 03 1990. ProQuest. Web. 4 Feb. 2017.
  2. "Voyageur sells profitable bus operation in Quebec." Globe & Mail [Toronto, Canada] 3 Apr. 1990: B3. Infotrac Newsstand. Web. 4 Feb. 2017.
  3. "Orleans Express Hits the Road: Firm Operates most Lucrative Bus Routes in Quebec." The Gazette (Index-only)Jul 10 1990. ProQuest. Web. 4 Feb. 2017.
  4. Groupe Orléans Express - Groupe Gaudreault, transaction confirmed, cnw.ca, retrieved on 2010-08-01
  5. Groupe Orléans becomes Keolis Canada (press release). 08 June 2012. Retrieved on 20 August 2012.

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