LEAP intends to improve access to Namma Metro and encourage people to choose sustainable modes of public transport.

Dignitaries from WRI, Alstom, BMRCL and the government with women auto drivers at the launch event of LEAP program

Alstom, a global leader in smart and sustainable mobility, has introduced Low Emission Access to Public Transport (LEAP), a program under its Corporate Social Responsibility initiative, that aims to boost last-mile connectivity, encouraging greater public transport usage. As part of the pilot phase of the program, MetroRide will have electric autorickshaws deployed as last-mile service from Yelachenahalli and Indiranagar stations, of the Namma Metro in Bengaluru.

As a step to encourage and include women in the urban mobility landscape, MetroRide, an AI-powered EV ride-hailing solution for daily commuters, has trained around 25 women drivers to drive the electric rickshaws in the said region. The rides can be booked through the MetroRide app.

The program was inaugurated by Olivier Loison, MD, Alstom India, Mr. Srinivas Alavilli, Fellow, WRI India, Prof. Rajeev Gowda Vice Chairman, Vice Chairman, State Institute for the Transformation of Karnataka and Smt. Kalpana Kataria, Executive Director (Connectivity & Asset Management), Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited.

Speaking at the launch of the program, Olivier Loison, Managing Director, Alstom India said, “Namma Metro will play a significant role in easing the on-road movement challenges in Bengaluru and as leaders in sustainable mobility there could be no better way for us to encourage public transport than LEAP. Through our partnership with WRI India and leveraging the innovations brought to the table by an Alstom-mentored startup, MetroRide, we have taken a noteworthy step in bridging the last mile connectivity challenge with this program. Together, we'll leverage innovation and expertise to implement solutions that elevate the metro experience, making it more accessible, efficient, and environmentally friendly”.

Olivier Loison, MD, Alstom India at the inauguration of the pilot phase of the LEAP program

Bengaluru is one of the world's most congested cities and has the highest number of private cars in India. While the metro service has rapidly expanded over the years, a recent WRI India survey has revealed that 70% of commuters were deterred by poor last-mile connectivity to Bengaluru Metro. Women, constituting only a fraction of metro commuters, face additional challenges due to unsafe or inconvenient last-mile connections and chronic underrepresentation in the male-dominated transport workforce. LEAP aims to address these concerns by not only improving access to Bengaluru Metro for women but also actively contributing to enhancing women's participation in the transport workforce as drivers, fostering a more inclusive and sustainable urban mobility landscape.

WRI India's pivotal role in LEAP's success includes conducting detailed commuter surveys, as well as facilitating focus group discussions with both commuters and auto drivers. Their ongoing support also extends to working in close collaboration with MetroRide to design and test LEAP's operating model, evaluate the service's progress, and analyse insights, which helps contribute to the project's data-driven approach and overall effectiveness.


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