Low ridership? Namo Bharat train timings cut by an hour

  • | Wednesday | 8th November, 2023

GHAZIABAD: The Namo Bharat trains will operate from 6am to 10pm for six days from Monday to Saturday and from 8am to 10pm on Sundays. Earlier, the trains operated from 6am to 11pm. The revised timings, which came into effect on November 5, are indicative of the low ridership on the priority section — between the Sahibabad and Duhai Depot stations. Commercial operations on the section started on October 21, a day after the Prime Minister flagged of the countrys first semi-high-speed regional rail service.In the first seven days, Namo Bharat clocked a total footfall of 47,255 with an average daily ridership of 6,751. The NCR transport corporation has not shared the ridership data for November.The 17km priority section was launched as a pilot project and Namo Bharat was never meant for inter-city commuting. Since it is operating only on a 17km section in Ghaziabad, ridership is not a criterion, as of now, to assess its success. Once the commercial operation commences from Duhai to Meerut, probably by March, the ridership will automatically increase, an NCRTC official said.According to NCRTC, the average occupancy of the five standard coaches, including the ones reserved for women, in the first week was 75%. The premium coach saw only 25% occupancy.We also published the following articles recentlyMetro lines 7 & 2A daily ridership now crosses 2.5LThe daily ridership of Mumbais Metro lines 7 and 2A recently exceeded 2.5 lakhs for the first time since their inauguration. This increase in ridership can be attributed to the Western Railway block, which has resulted in service cancellations and overcrowding on the Western Railway line. The adoption of the Mumbai One Card as a payment method has also been encouraging, with 40% of daily commuters opting for this method. The ridership on these lines has been growing at a rate of 5% every month.Mumbai: Metro 2A & 7 breach 2.5 lakh ridership markThe ridership on Mumbais Metro 7 and 2A lines exceeded 2.5 lakh for the first time since their commissioning. The increase in ridership can be attributed to the cancellation of services on the Western Railway, leading to delays and overcrowding. The adoption of the Mumbai One Card for payment has also been encouraging, with approximately 40% of daily passengers using it. The ridership on these lines is growing at a rate of 5% per month.Priority corridor metro trains to now run on automatic operation modeThe Kanpur Metro has commenced operation of metro trains on the Automatic Train Operation (ATO) mode on the Priority Corridor. This mode allows for most operations to be automated, reducing the possibility of human error and improving safety and efficiency. The trains in Kanpur Metro are equipped with state-of-the-art technology and fall under the Grade of Automation 3 category, which means they can run without a train operator through a signaling system. The ATO mode has been thoroughly tested and will enhance the safety of metro commuters.

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