In a meeting held at the GMDA office on Thursday, Gurugram Metropolitan City Bus Services (GMCBL) Authority Chairman and CEO Sudhir Rajpal approved the launch of a pilot project that will allow people traveling on a few routes to reserve their bus seats via taxi. application.
TOI previously reported that GMCBL was in talks with Uber to launch an integrated premium bus service in the city.
GMCBL will run the pilot project for nine months with two buses on two routes (one bus on each route) – Badshapur Bus Station to Huda City Center Metro Station and BPTP Astaire Garden in Sector 70 to DLF Cyber Park near Shankar Chowk (the Cyber City region). The launch date has not yet been announced.
The initiative, while still nascent, offers a glimpse of what state-run public transport could increasingly look like as planners explore ways to make access more convenient to increase ridership and wean people off excessive car use. GMBCL described the combination with Uber as the first integration of public transport with a private player.
According to GMCBL, these non-AC buses will have no drivers and seats will be pre-assigned. There will be no standing travel on these buses. “The collaboration with Uber for the reservation of seats in Gurugaman buses will be a unique step. Booking seats through the Uber app will provide a lot of convenience for commuters who take advantage of the service. Plus, there will be fewer stops, which will help them reach their destination faster. This is an initiative to encourage the people of Gurgaon to opt for public transport and a step towards a cleaner environment as it will help reduce the overall traffic load on the roads,” Rajpal said.
Buses will run on both lines from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Each bus will make three round trips in the morning and three in the evening. The frequency of departures will be one hour.
“The future of mobility is shared and multimodal. We are collaborating with transit authorities in various cities, including Gurgaon, to provide technology-driven mobility solutions,” an Uber spokesperson told TOI. “Such integrations with public transport authorities can help carriers better predict demand and will make it easier for riders to discover mobility options. Integrations of this nature help improve the mobility landscape in our cities,” the spokesperson added.