WR Mumbai Churchgate-Virar air-conditioned suburban train schedule and ticket prices


Eager to travel on India's first air-conditioned local train in Mumbai? This article provides complete information of Mumbai's Churchgate-Virar air-conditioned suburban train schedule and ticket fares. You will know the price of a one-way ticket as well as the fare for a weekly, fortnightly and monthly pass.

Western Railways launched India's first air-conditioned local train in the Mumbai suburban section. The introductory run of this local train was on 25th December 2017 from Borivali station's Platform no. 9 to Churchgate station. The 45-minute journey was a big hit with local commuters. On its very first day, more than five hundred people bought tickets and the railways made a bumper earning of over Rs.62,000 from the first six runs of the train. As per a news report, an over smart passenger who tried to travel ticketless was fined Rs.435!!

Want to travel on this air-conditioned train? Here's all you wanted to know about it –

Train features

The air-conditioned train operates on an air suspension system and is the first air-conditioned EMU equipped with IGBT-based 3-phase propulsion system (IGBT refers to an insulated-gate bipolar transistor device which works as an electronic switch.) The stainless steel coaches have straight side walls and the window glass provides a panoramic view. The airtight vestibules have an automatic door closure system. There are comfortable seating arrangements with over a thousand seats, with the entire train having a capacity to carry over five thousand passengers. The LED lights in the interior of each coach provide good illumination & also conserve energy. There are modular racks overhead to store luggage, the racks having a transparent bottom to them. A GPS-based passenger information system provides an audio-visual indication of stations.

As far as security is concerned, there are plenty of facilities available for emergencies. At each doorway, there is a passenger talk-back facility. The train is equipped with GPS and the railways are planning to install CCTV cameras soon. There is a PA system to establish direct communication between the train Guard-Driver and the passengers. There is also a LED-based coach identification system for alarm chain pulling and malfunctioning of doors.



Train Schedule up to 29th December 2017

The AC local train will be operated by Western Railways on an experimental basis up to 29th December 2017 between Churchgate and Borivali stations.

Timings from 26th December to 29th December are as follows –
Starting from Churchgate at 9.30a.m., arriving at Borivali at 10.17a.m.
Starting from Churchgate at 11.15a.m., arriving at Borivali at 12.02noon.
Starting from Churchgate at 13.16hrs, arriving at Borivali at 13.57hrs.
Starting from Borivali at 10.20a.m., arriving at Churchgate at 11.10a.m.
Starting from Borivali at 12.24noon, arriving at Churchgate at 13.13hrs.
Starting from Borivali at 14.11hrs, arriving at Churchgate at 15.11hrs.
The train will halt at these stations during it's to & fro runs: Mumbai Central, Dadar, Bandra and Andheri.

Train schedule from 2018

Starting from 1st January 2018, the train will run on a regular basis between Churchgate and Virar stations. There will be no services on Saturdays and Sundays as, on these days, maintenance work is undertaken.

Churchgate to Virar Schedule:
AC Train Churchgate to Virar Schedule

Virar to Churchgate Schedule
AC Train Virar to Churchgate Schedule

[Both Tables created by author based on print advt. issued by Western Railway in Hindustan Times, Mumbai edition, 25th December 2017]

Train Fares

The base fare of a single journey is 1.3 times existing fare of a single journey ticket for a first class seat. The Introductory discounted fare is for the initial six months only, with the base fare of a single journey being charged 1.2 times of single journey ticket for a first class seat.

Discounted fare for first 6 months

  1. Churchgate to Mumbai Central:
    One-way ticket: Rs.60/-.
    Weekly pass: Rs.285/-.
    Fortnightly pass: Rs.430/-.
    Monthly pass: Rs.570/-.

  2. Churchgate to Dadar:
    One-way ticket: Rs.85/-.
    Weekly pass: Rs.445/-.
    Fortnightly pass: Rs.630/-.
    Monthly pass: Rs.820/-.

  3. Churchgate to Bandra:
    One-way ticket: Rs.85/-.
    Weekly pass: Rs.445/-.
    Fortnightly pass: Rs.630/-.
    Monthly pass: Rs.820/-.

  4. Churchgate to Andheri:
    One-way ticket: Rs.125/-.
    Weekly pass: Rs.655/-.
    Fortnightly pass: Rs.945/-.
    Monthly pass: Rs.1,240/-.

  5. Churchgate to Borivali:
    One-way ticket: Rs.165/-.
    Weekly pass: Rs.855/-.
    Fortnightly pass: Rs.1,245/-.
    Monthly pass: Rs.1,640/-.

  6. Churchgate to Bhayander:
    One-way ticket: Rs.175/-.
    Weekly pass: Rs.905/-.
    Fortnightly pass: Rs.1,325/-.
    Monthly pass: Rs.1,745/-.

  7. Churchgate to Vasai:
    One-way ticket: Rs.195/-.
    Weekly pass: Rs.1,035/-.
    Fortnightly pass: Rs.1,505/-.
    Monthly pass: Rs.1,975/-.

  8. Churchgate to Virar:
    One-way ticket: Rs.205/-.
    Weekly pass: Rs.1,070/-.
    Fortnightly pass: Rs. 1,555/-.
    Monthly pass: Rs.2,040/-.




Ticket fare after 6 months

  1. Churchgate to Mumbai Central:
    One-way ticket: Rs.65/-.
    Monthly pass: Rs.620/-.

  2. Churchgate to Dadar:
    One-way ticket: Rs.90/-.
    Monthly pass: Rs.885/-.

  3. Churchgate to Bandra:
    One-way ticket: Rs.90/-.
    Monthly pass: Rs.885/-.

  4. Churchgate to Andheri:
    One-way ticket: Rs.135/-.
    Monthly pass: Rs.1,335/-.

  5. Churchgate to Borivali:
    One-way ticket: Rs.180/-.
    Monthly pass: Rs.1,775/-.

  6. Churchgate to Bhayander:
    One-way ticket: Rs.190/-.
    Monthly pass: Rs.1,880/-.

  7. Churchgate to Vasai:
    One-way ticket: Rs.210/-.
    Monthly pass: Rs.2,135/-.

  8. Churchgate to Virar:
    One-way ticket: Rs.220/-.
    Monthly pass: Rs.2,205/-.

Important points to note:
  1. The first and last coaches are reserved for women commuters only.

  2. There are seven seats reserved for senior citizens in the second and penultimate coaches.

  3. There are ten seats reserved for differently-abled passengers in the fourth coach and in the seventh coach.

Security Helpline Number: 182.

Wish you a happy commute!


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Comments

Author: Natarajan26 Dec 2017 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 5

Nice detailed information about the WC AC train. Reports indicate that the first train has 12 coaches that can carry 6000 passengers would make 500 seats in each coach. Glad to hear that two coaches are exclusive to women, I personally feel senior citizens would be unhappy to hear that only 7 seats have been reserved out of 500 in the second and the penultimate coaches. They would need more reservations with the understanding that if vacant, others can use it but give up when a senior citizen boards the coach.

The other concerns are related to the automatic closing doors. People would take some time to get used to these automatic closing doors. Seeing the metro trains in Bangalore, automatic doors are a potential problem during crowded peak hours and holidays. Extra staff would be needed to ensure the safety of people who are in a hurry to board the train after the door closing bell has been sounded.

Some reports have expressed concerns about technical errors leading to disruptions. People who pay a premium price would expect punctuality, good maintenance and cleanliness. I hope the vendors and hawkers are not encouraged or strictly regulated.



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