Uber To Run Buses In Kolkata
KOLKATA, (IANS) – Uber will now run buses in Kolkata jointly with the West Bengal transport department.
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) in this regard was signed between Uber and the transport department here on November 22.
According to an Uber spokesman, the new service will be titled ‘Uber Shuttle’ for daily commutes in Kolkata.
The spokesman said that the proposed service will tap into Uber’s global expertise to provide tech-optimized mobility choices using private bus fleets.
“The launch of Uber Shuttle will help in tackling road congestion while getting more people to commute in fewer vehicles, which in turn will help reduce carbon emissions,” he said.
The new service will be available by March 2024.
“Uber will run approximately 60 air-conditioned buses on predefined routes, connecting business districts with residential areas in Kolkata. As part of this MoU, Uber has proposed to invest $10 million by 2025 in the state and create approximately 50,000 livelihood opportunities in Kolkata in the next five years,” the spokesman added.