Enjoying CHRONOSTAR Route 1
Keolis is a multinational transportation company that operates public transport systems. The company manages bus, rapid transit, tram, coach networks, rental bikes, car parks, water taxi, cable car, trolleybus and funicular services.
Based in Paris, France, the company is 70% owned by SNCF and 30% owned by the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec.
Without going into details, it is best understood that Keois is yet another are of the French Government and, obediyently, it bids for bus networks from, effectively, yet another arm if the French Government. The overall policy for buses in Rennes is in the hands of the Regional "Council", which delegates public transport operation to Keolis.
Yes, it IS a bit of a Government carve-up, but the system does ensure that the good burghers if Rennes get a stable network designed, not by spotty youths sitting at laptops, but by local people - or at least their elected representatives.
fbb could not discover what the acronym STAR meant, but it will be something like "Suoerbes Transports A Rennes".
fbb's one-time boss at Southern Vectis, one Stuart Linn, used to reckon he could understand a town's bus network by standing on the principal street corner for just an hour and watching the buses go by. fbb suspects that he also needed a map and a timetable book or a fistful of leaflets. On the basis of his observation (plus the rest?) he reckoned he could (a) design a good network and (b) save the operator some cash!
His networks did not always come up to his expectations (remember route 0 - that is zero - in Portsmouth?) but he did usually get it right.
fbb hopes that a virtual ride on Rennes C1 will help his readers get a feel for the city and its bus service.
So, here goes!