Aimed at increasing patronage for metro services, the Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) has launched a feeder service cab at a flat rate of Rs 10 to enable metro users to travel between the stations and their residences.
According to reports, the service was launched on Monday and will help commuters book a seat in the cab and pay using their Metro smart card. The service was launched on Monday by the state Minister for Industries MC Sampath. The feeder service will operate through a mobile app in collaboration with Bengaluru Megacabs Private Limited.
Designed to work like Ola and Uber cab aggregator apps, this application will enable users to choose the nearest pickup point following which the app will provide the arrival time of the cab. Every station is provided with at least five pickup points within an area of six to eight kilometres from the station. The users can either pay upfront or finish the trip and pay for the ride.
The service, which was inaugurated at the Nandanam station on Monday, will soon be made available at all stations in the next three months, CMRL said.
In January this year, the CMRL launched feeder services to the Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR) in collaboration with Fordâ€™s corporate shuttle feeder services. The service was launched at the Alandur Metro station and was designed to ferry commuters to their offices on the IT corridor.
CMRL started feeder services in August 2018 on a trial basis for six months. The services constituted share autos and cabs from 13 stations up to a 3-km radius from the stations. The services were also made available between 6.30 am and 9.30 pm. MTC had also run mini-bus services to some of the metro stations to ferry users to and from the stations.