In a Christmas gift to Mumbaikars, the country's first air-conditioned (AC) suburban train commenced its services, thus realising the long-awaited dream of lakhs of commuters.
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. The services of AC local train will replace existing 12 Non AC services.
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It added that no other type of season tickets shall be issued for the time being and that AC local ticket-holders would be allowed to travel in the first class compartments of non-AC local trains. The commuters were excited at the launch of the AC local which is expected to bring them respite during the scorching summer, capturing the historic moments many were seen clicking selfies as the train reached the Churchgate station. "We are expecting some new surprises in the coming year".
These trains will have first and last compartments reserved for women. For the first week, the authorities will run the train for only six times every day between Churchgate and Borivli stations.
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As promised weeks back, Mumbai's AC local is finally on track. The minimum fare will be Rs 60 and the maximum Rs 220.
Security: The Railway Protection Force (RPF) will ensure the safety of the commuters with the presence of a suitable number of RPF constables in each coach.
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Weekly, fortnightly and monthly season tickets would be charged the equivalent of 5, 7.5 and 10 single journeys of the AC local. Also, fourth and seventh coaches will have seats reserved for differently-abled passengers. Added to it is the facility of announcement from motorman and guard cab to passenger area.