The very effective transport strike in Tamil Nadu and its capital city, Chennai now into its sixth day, makes commuting a sort of game, where you have to choose the best available option at the least expense. Of course, walking and cycling are the cheapest.
I have discovered that Ola’s Share Express is good for Anna Salai (Mount Road). I am sure it operates on other fixed routes too.
So I am prompted by the Ola App to book the Share Express ride, when I am at Panagal Park, T. Nagar. The pick-up point is at the corner of Prakasam Road and G.N. Chetty Road, which is currently just outside the Amma Canteen ahead of Saravana Furniture and Murugan Idli. For my 5.5 km ride, the share fare ranges between Rs. 41 to Rs.46. (See location link)
Share Express is a peak hour-only facility, and useful for office-goers, although not many seem to be aware of it, including Ola’s drivers.
I get to my office opposite the new Secretariat -Super Specialty Hospital building beyond P. Orr and Sons in about 20 minutes.
It’s worthwhile trying for an Ola Auto as well, although the benefits are almost similar.
So the next time, try aligning your ride to Ola Share Express. If you have some perspective on this, feel free to share!