Office-goers using Rapid Metro will not have to worry about last mile connectivity as shuttle services from the metro stations will help them reach their workplace.
The frequency of the service has been increased to 15 minutes. For this, 10 additional buses will ply between Vodafone Belvedere Towers Rapid Metro station and the Snap Deal office. A total of around 28 buses will cover the Sikanderpur Rapid Metro station to Sector 56 route at a frequency of around 10 minutes.
Rapid Metro, in association with app-based bus operator firm Shuttl.com, has started the service that will connect the stations of the intra-city metro service to major commercial hubs in Gurgaon. This is aimed to improve last mile connectivity in Gurgaon and increase ridership of the metro service. This is seen as a major step towards decongesting Gurgaon and providing the much-needed last mile connectivity to Rapid Metro stations.
Currently, Shuttl.com has buses from Vodafone Belvedere Towers Rapid Metro station to Udyog Vihar and Sikanderpur Rapid Metro station to Sector 56 via Golf Course Road.
Rapid Metro is also working on an integrated mobility plan for its South Extension route, which is yet to be operational.
“The aim is to continue to add services that help ease commuting problems in the city. Traffic problems in Gurgaon can be solved to a large extent if different elements of the mass transportation system integrate with each other, thereby creating true last mile connectivity for every destination. Given the continuing growth of our city, this is the only sustainable solution to reduce road congestion and air pollution,” said Rajiv Banga, chief executive officer and managing director, IL&FS.
The service comes as a bonus for Gurgaon as the traffic police and private sector have started a weekly car-free day initiative to decongest the city’s roads. The organisers have also been promoting the use of public transport to reduce air pollution levels.