Western Railway (WR) has decided to run AC local trains on all seven days of the week instead of just weekdays in wake of increasing demand for the service.
According to officials, the AC local train service between Churchgate and Virar, which ran on weekdays until last week, has started operating daily from September 14 on public demand.
Since its launch on December 25, 2017, the air-conditioned train used to make six trips per day between Monday and Friday. However, it is now running on all seven days of the week.
“Looking at the great potential for the AC local and in view of public demand, W. Rly has decided to run the AC local train services now on weekends too w.e.f 14th September 2019. Hence, now it will be run on all seven days of the week,” Western Railways said in a tweet.
Looking at the great potential for the AC local and in view of public demand, W. Rly has decided to run the AC local train services now on weekends too w.e.f 14th September 2019. Hence, now it will be run on all seven days of the week. #WRUpdates pic.twitter.com/5hWBJZAtvE
— Western Railway (@WesternRly) September 12, 2019
The services were initially operated between Churchgate and Borivali stations for the first five days before the services were extended till Virar from January 1, 2018.
Initially, the AC local halted at major stations like Mumbai Central, Dadar, Bandra, Andheri, Borivali, Bhayander & Vasai Road. Later, additional halts were provided at Lines, Charni Rd, Grant Rd, Dahisar, Mira Rd, Naigaon & Nallasopara stations in both directions.
“With the introduction of these additional halts, the commuters have shown greater patronage for the AC locals with the sale tickets increasing gradually,” a Western Railways press release said.
WR is also working on introducing more AC local services, which garnered a total earning of almost Rs 19 crore in 2018-19.
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