Mumbai's first AC local train makes maiden journey

Mumbai's first AC local train makes maiden journey

The AC train will ply from Churchgate to Borivali or up to Virar on the fast corridor.

From December 25-31, the train would run between Churchgate and Borivli and from 1 January, it services would be extended to Virar. Initially, it was meant to be run on the central line but it was later chose to run it first on the western line. According to WR Chief Public Relations Officer Ravinder Bhakar, the last successful technical run of the train, running on broad gauge, was conducted yesterday.

Built in Chennai at a cost of Rs54 crore, the 12-car rake of the AC local arrived here on 4 April 2016.

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The Christmas and pre-New Year bonanza saw the first AC local's maiden run for the media, officials, some political party activists and commuters between Borivali and Churchgate on the Western Railway (WR).

It added that no other type of season tickets shall be issued for the time being and that AC local ticket-holders would be allowed to travel in the first class compartments of non-AC local trains.

Long queue at ticket counter in Churchgate as several AVTM machines were disfunctional as system getting updated for AC local train ticketing on Monday.

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The AC trains will replace 12 existing non-air conditioned services - six services in up and six in down direction. The remaining service will run as a slow service from Mahalaxmi to Borivali, which will stop at all stations. The first train, whose fare is 1.2 times that of a local's first class, was launched from Borivli. Besides a monthly season ticket, the AC train will also have weekly and fortnightly season tickets.

The monthly pass will cost between Rs 570 and Rs 820 (till Bandra) to Rs 1,240 (till Andheri) to Rs 1,640 (till Borivali), and Rs 2,040 till Virar.

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