NEW DELHI :
Taxi aggregation giant Uber has partnered with Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and, starting Tuesday, introduced a seamless commuter service 'Uber Transit' at select metro stations Delhi.
Delhi will be the first city in Asia, and ninth globally, where the US-based company will launch Transit. The taxi aggregator firm had launched the service in Boston in the US, Nice in France, among others.
Under the service, when riders enter a destination, they’ll see ‘Public Transport’ as an option alongside ‘UberGO’, ‘Premier’ and ‘UberPool’, the company said in a press release. Upon selecting the ‘Public Transport’ feature, riders will be able to see fastest and cheapest routes, real-time schedules for metro trains, buses and walking directions, to and from nearby metro stations and bus stops, Uber said.
"Uber aims to build every leg of the journey seamless," Pradeep Parameswaran, president Uber India and South Asia said.
The service will be expanded to all the 210 metro stations eventually, but no timeline was provided.
DMRC managing director Mangu Singh said that the public transport system is ready to help any company willing to provide their services to its passengers.
India is one of Uber’s largest markets globally, and Uber chief executive officer Dara Khasrowshahi said that he is committed to invest in the country for the next five-ten years.
“It is a very competitive market, where consumers are very demanding. They want both, great prices and great services," Khosrowshahi said.
The move signals Uber’s focus on expanding its footprint in India, a key focus region for the taxi aggregator, especially in the aftermath of losing the battle in China to local rival Didi Chuxing.
In India, Uber is fighting for dominance with another local rival Ola, which is owned by ANI Technologies.