History & Growth

Years of service to public and private sector clients 

Transdev was formed in March 2011 from a merger between two world-leading passenger transport providers – Veolia Transport and Transdev.

Veolia Transport

Before merging, Veolia Transport had been present in Australasia since 1997, when it won the contract to operate a bus operation in Western Australia. The company subsequently grew to encompass passenger transport services across Australasia, including buses in New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia; rail in Auckland, New Zealand; and light rail and monorail in Sydney.


Before merging, Transdev had been present in Australia since 1999, operating a ferry business in Brisbane and an extensive bus network in North Sydney. Transdev won the Brisbane CityCats and CityFerries operations in 2003 and successfully retendered, winning the contract for a further ten years, extending until 2020. Transdev took over the Sydney Shorelink business in 2001 operating bus services in Sydney’s North Shore.

Subsequent to the merger in 2011, Veolia Transdev (now Transdev) won the franchise for Sydney Ferries and operates this business (Harbour City Ferries) with its JV partner Transfield Services. It also won industrial contracts in Central Queensland and, with its JV partner Buslink, won the Ichthys project in Darwin. In early 2013 Transdev won the Melbourne bus tender and Transdev Melbourne will run this franchise from August 2013.

Find out more about Transdev's shareholders, Caisse des Depots and Veolia Environnement.