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2006-03-29 | Veolia Transport signs new contract in Arizona to become region's first private transportation operator

Veolia Transport's US subsidiary, Veolia Transportation North America, has been awarded the contract for urban and adapted transport* system in Mesa, Arizona.

The eight-year contract, which came into effect recently, represents an accrued revenue of $180 million. It covers 400 employees and 200 vehicles.

Said Stéphane Richard, Chief Executive Officer of Veolia Transport: "This contract makes us the first private transportation operator in the Phoenix region at a time when the city is preparing to privatize its urban network and open a new light rail system, and when there is strong population growth. We think we will undergo good growth over the next few years and we hope to reach annual revenue of around $100 million in the region."

Located to the east of Phoenix, Mesa is one of the United States' largest suburban cities, with a population of 500,000. The contract strengthens Veolia Transport's operations in Arizona where it provides transportation services to the airport and in the Tempe suburbs, as well as management aid for the Phoenix urban system. Veolia Transport now has close to 2,500 employees and 1,000 vehicles in the region, where there are more than 4 million inhabitants.

*adapted transport: transport on demand for sick people or people with disabilities

Veolia Environnement's transportation division operates in 25 countries and employs 72,302 people. Veolia Transport generated revenue of €€4.35 billion in 2005. It operates 30,800 road and rail vehicles and carries more than 2 billion passengers per year.

Veolia Environnement (Paris Euronext: VIE and NYSE: VE) is world leader in environmental services. With more than 270,000 employees the company has operations all around the world and provides tailored solutions to meet the needs of industrial and municipal customers in four complementary segments: water management, waste management, energy management and passenger transportation. Veolia Environnement recorded revenue of €€25.2 billion in 2005. www.veolia.com

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