Published: Mon, December 25, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Wayne Curry

Mumbai AC Local: 10 Things To Know About The Brand New Train

Mumbai AC Local: 10 Things To Know About The Brand New Train

A senior official said it is the city's first air-conditioned local train, a first for the entire country-which will start running from Monday.

Issuing a statement on Sunday, the Western Railways charted out train's operational routine stating, "Out of 12 services of the AC local train, eight will run as fast local trains between Churchgate and Virar, stopping only at major stations like Mumbai Central, Dadar, Bandra, Andheri, Borivali, Bhayander & Vasai Road in both directions", the WR statement said.

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

Sharing more information, Western Railway tweeted the details of the local. A Mumbai Urban Transport Plan (MUTP) surcharge and Goods and Services Tax (GST) would be levied separately on total fare.

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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. It would later increase to Rs 221, based on fare calculation model. The present MUTP surcharge for card ticket holder is Rs 6 for a journey between 11-150 kilometres. For the initial six months, users will get discounts on weekly, fortnightly and monthly passes.

This is the first train with automatic doors in the suburban system.

3 fast services have been scheduled between Churchgate and Borivali, which will halt at Mumbai Central, Dadar, Bandra and Andheri stations, in both directions. "Remaining personnel will be posted at each railway stations to ensure that commuters board the train without any hurdle", said an RPF official.

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