Mumbai's first AC local train makes maiden journey

Mumbai’s first AC local train to run between Churchgate and Virar on Christmas Day

As per the current plans, of these 12 daily services, eight will be operated as "fast trains" on the congested Churchgate-Virar (Palghar) sector, three between Churchgate-Borivali, both with halts only at major stations, while one will ply as a slow service halting at all stations between Mahalaxmi-Borivali.

The pre-New Year bonanza will see the first AC local leaving Andheri on Western Railway at 2.10 p.m. and reaching Churchgate at 2.44 pm.

From December 25-31, the train would run between Churchgate and Borivli and from 1 January, it services would be extended to Virar.

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Mumbai: The Western Railway (WR) and the Centre for Railway Information System (CRIS) have finally calculated the ticket and pass fare for air-conditioned local trains. The discounted price is 1.2 times of the first class in normal local trains running in Mumbai now.

After the introduction, the Western Railway will operate a total of 12 services of AC suburban train 6 services each in Up and down directions- on weekdays from Monday to Friday. While 1st and 12th coach from Churchgate end are earmarked as Ladies coache and 7 seats in 2nd and 11th coach from Churchgate end are earmarked for Senior citizens, 10 seats in 4th and 7th coach from Churchgate end are earmarked for Divyangs.

"It was exciting to take the first train on the inaugural run".

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The WR has also announced an introductory fare to lure commuters to the new, "cool" style of commuting, with the fare to be 1.2 times the cost of a first class one-way regular ticket, and later the fare will be 1.3 times. RPF and railway staff will be present inside the rakes to ensure people alight and board properly.

The 12-coach AC train with self-closing doors is a landmark for the city's lifeline. The AC local fare will be 1.2 times more than the First Class base fare for the first six months - plus 5% GST and a surcharge under Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP), rounded off to the nearest multiple of five; and, and 1.3 times more the base fare thereafter. The final fare chart will be out on Sunday. Here is the fare structure of the train.

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