Chennai: Uber, the ridesharing app that connects riders with drivers to provide convenient, reliable and affordable rides at the push of a button, today announced its partnership with Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL).
Under the pact, Uber has set up booking kiosks at 12 metro stations across Chennai city to provide viable first and last mile connectivity options, thereby moving a step closer to a future with fewer cars and reduced congestion.
Speaking on the occasion, Arjun Srinivasan, General Manager, Uber–Chennai said: “Uber is about connecting people where they need to go.”
”By complementing public transit, we are bridging the first and last mile connectivity gaps, and making the existing infrastructure easily accessible to commuters”, he added. ”We are excited to partner with CMRL to encourage more people to use the metro and make a car-free lifestyle a reality”, he said.
Narasimha Prasad, Director (Systems and Operations), CMRL said, “Public transit is the transportation backbone of Chennai. Citizens travel long distances, whether it’s commuting to work, college or a visit to the mall. It is therefore important for us to ensure that we are connecting more parts of the city, while helping them save time and money,” he said. ”Through this partnership, we are looking forward to working with Uber to expand our reach and provide more commuters the ease of using metro in Chennai.”
An Uber release said the kiosks were set up from July 1 in 12 stations–Alandur, Vadapalani, Thirumangalam, Kilpauk, Ekkattuthangal, Ashok Nagar, CMBT, Anna Nagar Tower, Guindy, Koyambedu, Nehru Park and St Thomas Mount.
Uber representatives in these booking counters would ensure they get a reliable and affordable ride to their next destination, without having to worry about access to a smartphone or internet connectivity.