From August 8, eight more services of air-conditioned (AC) local trains will replace non-AC services on the Mumbai suburban network. According to a release from Western Railway, the decision to increase the AC services was taken “in view of the popularity and increasing demand of passengers”. On each day of the week, there will be four services, four in each direction (UP and DOWN). With this, the number of AC train services will increase to 48 from the existing 40.
WR’s Chief Public Relations Officer Sumit Thakur said, “With the reduction in the fare of AC local travel tickets, there has been a substantial increase in the number of passengers traveling by AC local trains.”
Earlier, on June 20, WR had introduced eight new AC train services. There will be one additional AC service each between Virar-Churchgate, Borivali-Churchgate, Malad-Churchgate and Bhayandar-Churchgate in the UP direction. In the down direction, there will be one AC service each between Churchgate-Virar, Churchgate-Borivali, Churchgate-Malad and Churchgate-Bhayandar, the release said.
Of the eight new AC train services, seven will be operated on fast lines with limited stoppages. The WR provides connectivity to the western suburbs of Mumbai and Mira-Bhayander city and part of Palghar district to the north. Its suburban trains carry more than 35 lakh passengers daily. Meanwhile, Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL), which operates metro services between Ghatkopar and Versova, announced that it will run 30 more services on weekdays and the operating time of August 6, 2022 to 12 midnight. Will increase
“This new night time corresponds to the pre-Covid operating time,” claimed the release issued by MMOPL. during peak hours. The last service from Versova to Ghatkopar will be at 11.19 pm, while the same will leave from Ghatkopar at 11.44 pm and reach Versova at 12.07. The release said that in July 2022, over 8 million passengers traveled by metro and the current weekday ridership is around 3,25,000.
With inputs from PTI