Mumbai’s first AC local train earns more than ₹40 crore in revenue3 min read . Updated: 27 Dec 2019, 01:36 AM IST
- Unlike regular local trains, the AC EMU service has the facility of special weekly and fortnightly season ticket
- The 'air conditioned local train' with state-of-the-art security features consists of automatic door closing system, talk back system & fire fighting system
Indian Railways first AC local train ran in Mumbai on 25th December 2017 under the Western Railway zone in Mumbai.
The AC local train completed its two years on 25 December, 2019. The air-conditioned train has received good response from Mumbaikars, as during last two years this AC EMU train has earned Rs.40.03 crore from 95.81 lakh passengers.
The long cherished dream of Mumbaikars for a 'cool travelling' experience in 'air conditioned local train' finally became a reality on 25 December, 2017, when the country’s first & only air-conditioned suburban train started its maiden run from Borivali and headed to its destination at Churchgate.
The 'air conditioned local train' with state-of-the-art security features consists of automatic door closing system, talk back system & fire fighting system in each coach, etc. Though the ridership of the AC local was minimal in the early days but slowly & steadily it started gaining momentum and became a major hit among the commuters during the sweltering summer months.
The AC local train initially was running between Churchgate & Virar section with total 12 services (6 services in UP & 6 services in DOWN direction) on all days except on Saturday & Sunday, when it is taken up for maintenance but w.e.f. 14th September, 2019, it is also running on Saturdays & Sundays, making available the cool journey to Mumbaikars on all 7 days of the week.
Out of these 12 services, 8 run as fast local trains between Churchgate & Virar, while 3 fast services run between Churchgate & Borivali. The remaining one service runs as slow service from Mahalaxmi to Borivali, which stops at all intermediate stations. For the convenience of ladies, senior citizens & Divyanjans, separate coaches have been reserved for Ladies and similarly seats have also been earmarked for Senior Citizens/Divyangs. The 1st and 12th coach from Churchgate end are reserved as Ladies coaches and 7 seats in 2nd and 11th coach from Churchgate end are earmarked for Senior citizens while 10 seats in 4th and 7th coach from Churchgate end are earmarked for Divyangs.
Primarily, the ticket price for a single journey on the AC train was 1.2 times that of the same journey in First Class as an introductory offer, but w.e.f. 1st June, 2019 it was decided as 1.3 times of the base fare of existing single journey of Ist class ticket.
Unlike regular local trains, the AC EMU service has the facility of special weekly and fortnightly season ticket. From the time of its inception on 25th December 2017 to 25th December, 2019, so far 95.81 lakh passengers have travelled by the AC local, generating revenue of Rs.40.03 crore. On an average approximately 18000 passengers travel daily by AC local, with about 1500 passengers travelling in each service.
During the period of two years from 25th December, 2017, the total sale of tickets for AC local train was 8,43,343 out of which 6,62,565 were journey tickets and 1,80,778 were season tickets. Similarly, total 95,80,824 passengers travelled in AC local train during this period. Out of which 6,81,134 travelled with journey tickets and 88,99,690 travelled with season tickets. In this period, AC local train has generated revenue of Rs.40,03,48,944/- out of which revenue of Rs. 11,00,81,022/- was generated through journey tickets, while Rs.29,02,67,922/- was received from season tickets.
The AC local earlier had limited halts. Later the Western Railway zone provided additional halts to the AC local at Marine Lines, Charni Rd, Grant Rd, Dahisar, Mira Rd, Naigaon & Nallasopara stations in both directions, in addition, to its previous halts at Mumbai Central, Dadar, Bandra, Andheri, Borivali, Bhayander and Vasai Rd stations with the introduction of new suburban time – table which came into effect from 1st November 2018.
With the introduction of these additional halts, the commuters have shown greater patronage for the AC local train. This has generated additional revenue to the Railways.