Veolia Transport (formerly Connex) is the international transport services division of the French-based multinational company Veolia Environnement. Veolia Transport trades under the brand names of Veolia Transportation (in North America and Israel), Veolia Transport, Veolia Verkehr in Germany, with the former name Connex preserved in Lebanon 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, Bilbao, Belgrade, Berlin, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Copenhagen, The Hague/Haaglanden, 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, Brisbane, Perth and Auckland.
The rail freight branch of the organisation Veolia Cargo was sold in 2009 to SNCF and Eurotunnel.
On July 23, 2009, the merger between Veolia Transport and Transdev was announced. In March 2011 the holdings merged into Veolia Transdev.
Veolia Transportation is the North American business unit of Veolia Transport
In April 2005 Veolia were awarded the contract in York Region 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
- CIT Chambly-Richelieu-Carignan
- Ville de Sainte-Julie transit
- Ville de Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu transit
Veolia arrived in the United States in 2001, with the acquisition of Yellow Transportation in Baltimore, Maryland. 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:
- Antelope Valley Transit Authority in Los Angeles County, California,
- Atlanta: In suburban Gwinnett County, Georgia, Gwinnett County Transit operates bus routes within as well as Express Bus routes to Atlanta.
- Austin: Capital Metro rail and bus routes throughout Austin and surrounding communities.
- Boston: Veolia operates the MBTA's regional computer rail operations in conjunction with Bombardier Transportation and Alternate Concepts, Inc.
- Charm City Circulator operates service throughout Downtown Baltimore.
- Denver: Regional Transportation District (RTD) routes throughout the metro-wide District.
- Las Vegas: RTC Transit in Las Vegas including The Deuce & MAX Line,
- Miami: Tri-Rail, a train system won in 2007 in the Miami metropolitan area of Florida,
- New Orleans: New Orleans Regional Transit Authority, won in 2008
- Phoenix: the Valley Metro bus system serving the Phoenix metropolitan area of Arizona with contracts in Phoenix, Mesa and Tempe,
- Sacramento: In suburban Yolo County, California, Yolobus provides public transportation.
- San Diego: San Diego Metropolitan Transit System bus routes and the Sprinter DMU rail system in San Diego County, California,
- Victor Valley transit serving the Victorville, California area.
Veolia now employs over 16,000 employees with 6,500 vehicles and a revenue of over $1 billion in 2005 in North America. It is headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois.
Veolia also owns the SuperShuttle shared-ride airport shuttle service, as well as the ExecuCar black car/sedan service. Veolia also operates taxicab services across the country under various brands.