Hyderabad: Managing Director of Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMRL) Mr NVS Reddy has launched redBus Carpool and Bikepool services for Hyderabad Metro rail commuters in the presence of CEO, redBus, Mr Prakash Sangam and others on Tuesday.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr NVS Reddy said, this facility would enable first and last-mile connectivity for daily commuters of the metro rail and the service would be provided through rPool, an in-app ride-sharing service from redBus.
He said Carpooling/Bikepooling is an ideal solution to reduce congestion by sharing vehicles. It allows office goers to avail and offers rides in their personal cars/bikes while commuting between home and their workplace. This concept would help the creation of sustainable and eco-friendly solutions for the burgeoning traffic problems in the city.
The tie-up between rPool and Hyderabad metro clearly highlights the synergies in both the platforms and further enhances mobility with first and last-mile connectivity for commuters in an affordable manner, said Mr NVS Reddy.
Mr Prakash Sangam, CEO, redBus, said, collaborative efforts go a long way in our quest to offer sustainable solutions to commuting in cities. Our agreement with L&TMRHL to facilitate easy access to people availing carpooling through redBus (rPool), from and to metro stations, is one such step that is set to streamline end to end connectivity. We would like to appreciate and thank Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited for enabling us to offer our services that are set to make a difference to commuters in Hyderabad.
L&TMRHL has offered dedicated space within stations for rPool to set up kiosks for customer service, apart from parking facilities for ride givers on rPool, for easy pick-up and drop of commuters. In addition to this, rPool’s customer service executives posted at the stations will provide 1000 metro smart cards to its customers.
Dignitaries from L&T and HMRL present at the launch were, N.V.S Reddy, MD, HMRL, Shri Rishi Verma, CMO, L&T and Shri Raju D.V.S., Chief Engineer, HMRL. Dignitaries from redBus included Prakash Sangam, CEO, redBus, Ms. Pallavi Chopra, Head of Marketing, redBus and Phaneesh Gururaj, Vice President, Engineering, redBus.
Steps to use rPool:
Interested users can download the redBus app if they haven’t already and click on the rPool tab on the home screen and register themselves for the service. The registration process will require the user to be verified through their official e-mail Id or any government-approved official id. Post completion of the verification process, users can choose to give a ride or take a ride depending on their choice.
Users can create a ride with their source, destination, date and time. Ride givers will have to share vehicle details and route plan separately in addition to these. They can then find matching riders, invite them, confirm the ride and travel. The cost of travel starts from as low 2/- per kilometre for the ride taker.