Mumbai commuters to get air-conditioned locals from Dec 25

Mumbai commuters to get air-conditioned locals from Dec 25

Though a public holiday, there were hundreds of curious and wide-eyed commuters who crowded the Borivali station and other stations en route, which will start full-fledged operations from January 1, 2018, with 12 daily services. For the first week, the authorities will run the train for only six times every day between Churchgate and Borivli stations.

The development was described as "historical" for Mumbai's lifeline, the suburban train network, which started in 1867 when the first local train was hauled by a steam engine. "The total average number of suburban services on WR's suburban section will remain 1355, even after introduction of AC local train", Bhakar said.

Initially, the suburban rakes had only four coaches, and later upgraded to nine cars in 1958, but as passenger traffic increased, the WR converted all rakes to 12 cars from 1990, and introduced the first 15-car rakes - the longest suburban trains, from November 2009. While the inaugural run of the first AC local was met with overall enthusiasm, there were some issues that were hard to brush under the carpet. In the initial week, only six services of the local have been planned between Churchgate and Borivali.




8 trains will run as fast locals between Churchgate & Virar, which will halt Mumbai Central, Dadar, Bandra, Andheri, Borivali, Bhayander and Vasai Road, in both directions. One of the services will run on the slow line between Mahalaxmi and Borivali. Railway Protection Force (RPF) constables will be in each coach to ensure security.

The AC local is one of the most anticipated trains as nearly 38 lakh commuters who hold passes travel on WR every day. A Mumbai Urban Transport Plan (MUTP) surcharge and Goods and Service Tax (GST) of 5% is levied separately on the final fare. Weekly, fortnightly and monthly season tickets will be charged at 5, 7 and 10 times that of a single journey. SPECIAL TICKET/PASS The most common cause for confusion among commuters was whether the regular train pass could be used for the AC local.

The Ladies and Senior Citizen compartments will be configured differently from other rakes.

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