Mumbai’s Western Railway may let first-class passengers take AC train from 12-4pm
Currently, first-class ticket holders can board the AC trains, but need to pay the difference in the cost of the ticket.Updated: Aug 10, 2018 00:27 IST
With Mumbai’s new air-conditioned local trains running nearly empty during the non-peak hours between noon and 4pm, the Western Railway has proposed allowing commuters with first-class tickets to take the service, at no extra cost.
Currently, first-class ticket holders can board the AC trains, but need to pay the difference in the cost of the ticket.
During the four non-peak hours every day, an average of 2,348 passengers take the regular local trains, earning the Western Railways ₹17,403. The AC local train ferries just 1,038 passengers during these hours, and earns ₹44,828.
Opening the service to first-class ticket holders could considerably increase the revenue. “There has been a detailed study on commuters travelling in AC and local trains, and then a decision has been taken,” said a senior western railway official.
Earlier this year, the Railway Board had asked the Western Railways to continue discounted fares for AC local trains to increase ridership.
The discounted fares — 1.2 times higher than the fare of the first-class compartment — was introduced in December, when the AC service began.More than 22 lakh passengers have travelled in the AC local trains since, and Mumbai is likely to get a second AC train by the end of 2018.
First Published: Aug 10, 2018 00:27 IST