Mumbai: In view of the ongoing festival season, Mumbai Metro One will expand its services by 44 daily trips on weekdays, an official spokesperson said in a statement on Thursday.
Presently, Mumbai Metro operates between Ghatkopar and Versova and normally takes 396 trips 440 during off peak hours between 11.30 am and 4.30 pm on the route during the weekdays. With the augmented trips, the metro body has brought down the waiting time for a train from eight minutes to five minutes.
“Keeping in mind the ongoing and upcoming festivities, footfalls are likely to go up as more and more commuters along with their families would prefer Metro as a dependable mode of transport,” said a Mumbai metro spokesperson.
Mumbai Metro had started the trial runs of increased frequency services from Wednesday, September 19. However, the full-fledged services will begin from Monday, September 24. The 44 additional trips can handle nearly 66,000 commuters.
Earlier, the metro body increased the train services from 370 to 382 and then to 396 on weekdays.
The spokesperson added, “We are extremely delighted to increase our train services from 396 to 440 trips. We are confident that our commuters will be better able to plan their journeys now and they will greatly benefit from the additional services.”
It has done improvements and additions to station layout, ticketing counters, AFC gates, baggage scanning machines and security facilities to ensure commuter convenience, the statement read.
In the year 2017-18, Mumbai Metro operated around 1,30,000 train trips and marked high performance levels with 99.9 per cent punctuality and 100 per cent train availability.