Uber, world’s largest taxi aggregator, has partnered with the Delhi Metro Rail Service to introduce a seamless commuter service 'Uber Transit' at select metro stations Delhi from Tuesday. The new service will provide last mile connectivity to Delhi Metro customers.
Uber will expand its operations across 210 Delhi Metro stations, according to reports. Uber global CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, who was on a five-day trip to India, said: "India is a fundamental part of Uber's growth story. It is a very important market for us. It is among the top 10 market for us and we continue to believe in and invest in India... Our business here is improving."
Once the customers open the Uber app and enter a destination, riders will see Public Transport as an option alongside UberGo, Premier and Pool.
Delhi will be the first city in Asia where Uber will launch this service. The taxi aggregator US company had launched the service in Boston in the US, Nice in France, among others.
“The way people use transport is changing and through partnerships with cities and leading transit authorities like the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, Uber’s technology can help millions of people make smarter shared mobility choices that save time and money while reducing their environmental impact. We know that Uber and the cities in which we operate share many of the same goals: reducing congestion, expanding access to transportation and tackling air pollution,” The Indian Express quoted Khosrowshahi as saying.
“The Metro network today spans over 377 km with 274 Metro stations covering not only most parts of capital city but also the NCR cities like Gurugram, Faridabad, Ballabgarh and Bahadurgarh in Haryana and Noida and Ghaziabad in UP. This new initiative integrating public transport with mobility operators like Uber will certainly boost first and last mile connectivity solutions for around 6 million passenger journeys performed in the system daily,” Mangu Singh, managing director of the DMRC, said.