In a major relief, Mumbai’s first class local train commuters will soon be able to travel in AC EMU by paying the difference in the fare and upgrading their quarterly passes. However, it is pertinent to note that the fare will have to be paid for the period from when the upgrade was made till the date of expiry of the pass.
For this, the Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS) is tweaking the ticketing software and it will soon be implemented, a Central Railways (CR) official stated.
Releasing an official circular, the railway minister had mentioned that first-class quarterly, half-yearly and yearly season tickets will be allowed to be converted into season tickets for travel in AC local train services as per the terms and conditions.
It further clarified that the fare difference will have to be paid for the entire duration of the pass irrespective of the number of days it is considered valid.
Moreover, this facility will be available at booking counters and on the Universal Ticket System (UTS) app for which CRIS has been asked to make the necessary changes.
It is pertinent to note that this development also comes at a time when the railways is planning to increase the number of AC local train services.
Moreover, few months ago, in order to attract passenger footfall, the fares for AC local single and return journey tickets had been substantially reduced since May 5, 2022.
For those unversed, the first AC local service in Mumbai began on December 25, 2017 on Western Railway (WR). While CR runs 56 AC services with four of its five trains in use, WR operates 48 such services with four trains in use.