All Western Railway (WR) suburban services will be converted to 12-car trains by the end of November, increasing the capacity of each train by about 33%, WR announced.
A 9-car train can carry 2,600-3,500 passengers, while a 12-car train can carry 3,500-4,600 passengers.
“We are aiming to convert our remaining 9-car rakes to 12-car trains by the end of November. This will provide relief to commuters during peak hours,” said Sandeep Silas, divisional railway manager (DRM), Mumbai central. WR operates 1,002 12-car services, 196 9-car services and 12 15-car services.
“The number of passengers per coach has reduced by 17% while the number of coaches has gone up by 27.7% in the last four years,” said Sharat Chandrayan, chief PRO of the WR. Commuters also have more room in 12-car trains.
The number of coaches rose from 528 in December 2009 to 768 coaches in February 2011. In the last four years, the number of commuters on WR has grown by 8.02%, with the addition of coaches creating room for eight lakh commuters per day.
Other than suburban trains, WR is also planning to add two coaches to the Delhi-bound Rajdhani and August Kranti expresses (both are 19-coach trains).