Google Maps to tell you how far your Mumbai local train is

Mumbai city news: The move comes after constant demand from the commuters’ associations to provide real-time information on local train services.
Updated on Jul 05, 2017 04:19 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByAroosa Ahmed, Mumbai

Commuters may soon be able to check live status and position of the local trains on Google maps.

The Western Railway authorities are planning to approach Google in order to link the trains with Google maps.

The move comes after constant demand from the commuters’ associations to provide real-time information on local train services.

Once the plan is finalised, GPS systems will be installed in the motormen’s cabins of the suburban trains.

The Western Railway had earlier launched a mobile application, Disha, to provide information on trains, stations and platforms where the trains would be coming.

Read more: Mumbai railway commute gets better, new local trains will be faster beyond Borivli

However, the commuters demanded for real-time position of the moving train which would help them plan their travel.

“The problem with Disha mobile application is that it is an offline mobile application and the current position of the trains cannot be determined by it. This is why we have decided to approach Google.” said a Western Railway Official.

The WR authorities are also exploring possibility of setting up servers to determine the position of the trains.

Lata Argade, vice-president, Suburban Rail Passenger Federation, said, “It will be a boon for passengers. Such innovative methods should be used for city’s suburban rail network.”

“The facility should be introduced as soon as possible as it will help people during an emergency,” said Ankita Shah, a daily commuter.

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