Mumbaikars may ride in AC local trains from September

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Mumbai: As the Mumbai metro is about to start, authorities here are now gearing up to provide the local passengers a cool travel in the air-conditioned local trains.

Sharat Chandrayan, chief public relations officer, Western Railway, said, “We are still looking at the September deadline for the AC local train.” As per plans, the first such local would be operated on the Churchgate- Borivli route on the Western Railway (WR).

The fares of the first air-conditioned local train are being discussed by the authorities.

Sources said that initially, there would only be one such 12- car train, which would ply daily.

“We are considering running four services a day, two in the morning and two in the evening, though the exact timing needs to be decided,” said a senior railway official.

The most likely time slot for the services is around 8 am from Borivli, and around 6 pm from Churchgate – so they match the passengers’ peakhour schedule. The 12- coach AC rake would be vestibular – which means one can walk through it end to end, without coming upon any partitions.

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