Bengaluru, July 7, 2017: Ola, India’s most popular mobile app for transportation, today announced a 3-year partnership with South Western Railway to launch dedicated Ola Zones in 12 railway stations including Majestic, Bangalore Cantonment, Yesvantpur, Krishnarajapuram, Yelahanka, Kengeri, Hebbal, Bangalore East, Banaswadi, Whitefield, Byappanahalli, and Malleswaram in the city. The association will enable easy and affordable last mile connectivity for hundreds of thousands of commuters who arrive in Bengaluru through these railway stations on a daily basis.
The ‘Ola Zone’ will work as a pickup and drop off point for customers where Ola vehicles will also, be allotted dedicated parking spots. The partnership will ensure an expected time of arrival (ETA) of cabs that is as low as 2 minutes. In addition to this, Ola Kiosks will also have representatives who will assist commuters in booking rides, ensuring a convenient experience for travelers.
Speaking about the partnership Vishal Kaul, Chief Operating Officer, Ola said, “We are excited to join hands with South Western Railway to build a convenient mobility experience for lakhs of commuters across the 12 key railway stations in Bengaluru City. Over the last one year at Ola, we have been integrating our smart mobility solutions with key public service utilities to ensure last mile connectivity along with, building mobility solutions that cater to the diverse needs of consumers. Railway stations form a critical part of city’s transport ecosystem and our association with South Western Railway is an important step in this direction.”
“We are happy to collaborate with OLA, a smart mobility platform, to provide credible and convenient last mile connectivity options to millions of Railway passengers. Through this association, OLA will provide its services to Railway passengers at 12 stations across Bengaluru Division. This association, of providing a dedicated OLA pick zone in the Railway station premises, is the first of its kind in Indian Railways and is a great example of how public and private transport can work together and complement each other’s strength to help and solve the last mile connectivity issues of the Railway passengers. This association will also offer Railway passengers a comfortable commuting experience.” added Sridharamurthy – Sr. Divisional Commercial Manager, South Western Railway.
Ola had recently partnered with Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited to equip key metro stations with dedicated Ola Kiosks. Last year, Ola signed a similar MoU with the Kempegowda International Airport and Bengaluru City Junction Railway Station, ensuring a seamless on–road travel experience for customers and driver partners alike. Ola aims to replicate this model with other key public utility spaces across the country.
Founded in Jan 2011 by IIT Bombay alumni Bhavish Aggarwal and Ankit Bhati, Ola (formerly Olacabs), is India’s most popular mobile app for personal transportation. Ola integrates city transportation for customers and driver partners onto a mobile technology platform ensuring convenient, transparent and quick service fulfillment. Ola is committed to its mission of building mobility for a billion people. Using the Ola mobile app, users across 110 cities can book from over 600,000 vehicles across cabs, auto-rickshaws and taxis. Ola has also introduced a range of shared mobility services on its platform like Ola Shuttle and Ola Share for commute and ride-sharing respectively. The app is available on Windows, Android and iOS platforms. Please visit www.olacabs.com/media for more information.