New wireless devices to issue tickets to first-class commuters on Mumbai’s AC local train
Western Railway officials said they have already started trials of two devices, expect four more this monthmumbai Updated: Jan 24, 2018 10:50 IST
The Western Railway (WR) is introducing hand-held, wireless devices to issue tickets to commuters who have first-class tickets and want to travel by the air conditioned (AC) train that runs between Churchgate and Virar.
WR officials said they have already started trials of two devices, and expecting four more this month.
Presently, first-class card ticket holders can hop on the train and travel by paying the fare difference, but season ticket holders have to buy an additional season ticket for the AC train at the booking window.
Now, commuters will also have the option of buying from ticket checkers, who can use their wireless devices for the same, officials said.
“The devices are being tested. The results are good so far, but we will be trying it for a few more days before fully implementing it,” said a senior WR official familiar with the development.
On the first day of its operation after the introduction of changed fare, 22 people paid the fare difference to upgrade to the AC ticket. Six ticket checkers were present in the coaches of the train, who collected the difference in the fare.