Mumbaikars enjoy first AC local train ride on Christmas
25 December, 2017, 19:21 | Author: Julian Harrison
Currently, the service will run only until Borivali, but going ahead it will be extended until Virar.
In its maiden journey, the AC coaches will ferry passengers from Churchgate to Borivali for the first week, and from Churchgate to Virar from the next. However, later it was made a decision to run it first on the WR corridor.
According to WR Chief Public Relations Officer Ravinder Bhakar, the last successful technical run of the train, running on broad gauge, was conducted on Sunday.
Built in Chennai at a cost of Rs 54 crore, the 12-car rake of the AC local arrived here on April 4, 2016. 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.
Charting out the train's operational routine, a WR statement said that 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. "From January 1st, 2018, on regular basis except for Saturdays and Sundays, 12 services will run from Mondays to Fridays as per regular scheduled timetable", added senior official. "One slow service of the AC local will operate between Mahalaxmi to Borivali", the statement added. For the first week, the authorities will run the train for only six times every day between Churchgate and Borivli stations. Besides a monthly season ticket, the AC train will also have weekly and fortnightly season tickets.
The first ride of the new AC train will start from 10:30 AM on Monday, December 25th, 2017.
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