The first air-conditioned suburban local train for Mumbai had been dispatched from the Integral Coach Factory in Chennai in March. It was parked at Kurla car shade in Mumbai all this while because its software and other systems were being upgraded. But the wait is now officially over. The city’s first AC local train is rolling. And here’s all the details you’ll need. Also Read - Maharashtra Govt Eyes Suspension of Flight, Train Operations From Delhi And Gujarat | Final Decision Within a Week, Says Minister
Built at a cost of Rs. 54 crore, the first AC local train has no separate compartments for forest-class or general like whatsoever. If you’re willing to pay more to avail the extra comfort, this is your deal. The blue and silver train has 12 coaches, with an automatic door-closure system. The train can seat approx. 1,200 passengers. Also Read - Anushka Sharma Steps Out in Mumbai For an Ad Shoot in Teal Green Gown, Her Pregnancy Glow is Unmissable
The premium fare for the AC experience for a single journey is 1.3 times that of the same journey in First Class. The ticket price for a single journey starts at Rs 60. from Churchgate to Mumbai Central, and steadily increases at major stations; Rs. 85 till Bandra, Rs. 125 till Andheri, Rs. 165 till Borivali and Rs. 205 till Virar. Also Read - Will Delhi-Mumbai Flights, Trains be Suspended Due to Rise in COVID-19 Cases? Govt Issues Statement
Unlike regular local trains where you only have a monthly pass, the AC service will also provide options for a weekly and fortnightly season ticket. The prices obviously vary for those different passes; but the most important thing to remember is that these trains will not operate on weekends, those two days have been reserved for maintenance. You can get your ticket at the ticket counter of any station, or you can book one through the Railways’ official UTS mobile ticketing app.
Yes, currently there’s just one AC local train that runs between Churchgate and Virar. But from January 2019, a second AC local will be started on the same route. The new AC local will have a capacity for around 1,300 passengers, 100 more than the current one. Additionally, from May 2019, Western Railway also plans to introduce “semi-AC locals” which means around 78 trains will be fitted with six air-conditioned coaches each.
We are ready for the change in local travel scene in the maximum city and how!