The Central Railway (CR) on Monday announced ten more AC EMU services, replacing the existing non-AC locals. With this, the number of AC local train services on CR will reach up to 66. The total number of 1,810 suburban services on Mumbai division will remain unchanged. Currently 56 AC local services are being operated by CR on weekdays.
The services will be operational for Badlapur, Thane and Kalyan commuters. However, the date of introduction of these services was not declared, but sources said that by the end of this month these services will be operational.
Confirming the development, a senior officer of CR said, "Of these ten proposed AC local services, four will be introduced between CSMT-Thane (2 up +2 down), four between CSMT-Badlapur ( 2 up + 2 down) and two between CSMT-Kalyan (1 up+1 down).
"Central Railway’s suburban commuters have given an overwhelming response to the AC locals. The number of passengers travelling by AC locals has increased considerably in the past six months. From a daily average of 5,939 passengers in February-2022 to that of 34,808 passengers in July-2022, traffic has increased almost 6 times," said an officer of CR.
In terms of ticket sales (both single and season tickets) for the February-July period, Dombivali is on top with 94,932 tickets, followed by Thane (84,309), Kalyan (77,412) and CSMT (70,444).
4 Thane-CSMT (2 UP + 2 Down)
4 Badlapur-CSMT ( 2 UP + 2 Down)
2 Kalyan -CSMT (1 UP +1 Down)