After revolutionizing the transportation industry around the world, Uber is now trying its hand at water transportation in Mumbai. According to the latest developments, Uber has brought its speedboat service to India starting with Mumbai. The UberBOAT service, which is scheduled to start from February 1, will have speedboats carrying 6-10 people from Gateway of India and taking them to Mandwa (near Alibaug) and back.
Tickets for these ferries can be booked through the Uber app 15 minutes in advance.
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With the Gateway-Mandwa Jetty route being its maiden voyage, if well received, the transport network company plans to launch it on other routes as well, such as SoBo to Navi Mumbai, Elephanta and Alibaug.
How much will UberBoat cost
While the rides will initially operate on a fixed price mode, the company will later replace it with dynamic Uber pricing. Currently, tickets for this service, available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., are as follows:
UberBOAT for up to 6-8 passengers is priced at Rs 5,700
UberBOAT XL for 10 passengers and more in number will cost Rs 9,500
The tariffs are the same for any of the three ports of the service – Gateway of India, Mandwa and Elephanta Caves.
How is UberBoat changing your trip?
Currently the ferries to Mandwa are operational and take about an hour to reach. Uberboats, on the other hand, promise to bring that down to 20-22 minutes!
“If successful, UberBOAT service could be launched for other destinations including Navi Mumbai in the near future. Commuters have requested water transport service from Navi Mumbai areas such as Nerul or Belapur to south of Mumbai. ” a Mumbai Port Trust official told TOI.
With overcrowded local trains and traffic jams, it feels like a much-needed respite for locals, especially those who travel from the suburbs south of Mumbai to work.
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