The time it takes to wait for a central line train at the station may come down starting Friday. This is because the Central Railway (CR) introduced 26 additional train services on the main line. Moreover, all the fast trains on the CR will now be 12-car trains from Monday.
This will not only mean a reduction in waiting time at the station by about a minute, but also an addition of 1,500 more commuters during peak hours. “This will lead to an improvement in the frequency of train services and a marginal reduction of overcrowding inside trains,” said CR chief Public Relations Officer, S Mudgerikar.
When a train is converted from a 9-car to a 12-car, it takes care of around 1,200-1,500 commuters depending on the time of the day. There are 203 services that run a 12-car on the fast line everyday, which means the crowd at platforms will come down drastically.
Also with an addition in the services the frequency will improve. The CR authorities focused mainly on the evening peak hours with 17 out of 26 services dedicated for the return journey from CST, Dadar or Kurla.
With this increase of 26 services, the total number of services on the main line has gone up to 782, while the overall increase, including on the Harbour line, stands at 1,494 services. The authorities have also converted two train services from slow to fast, while three train services have been extended beyond Thane, up to Dombivali and Kalyan.
Normally 3,500 commuters travel in a 9-coach train. The increase in services will give more scope for people to stand comfortably with enough elbow-to-elbow distance.
The CR authorities also focused on stations like Kurla and Dadar by allowing more train services to have these stations as their starting points.
The CR will have a mega block between Talegaon and Badlapur this weekend. They will complete the conversion of 1,500 volt Direct Current (DC) line to 25,000 volt Alternating Current (AC) line during an 8-hour mega block.
This would ensure that trains run faster and consume lesser electricity.