WR chief spokesperson Sumit Thakur said that WR will run 150 additional services through the day, increasing the number of daily trips from 350 to 500. Currently, each local train can carry a maximum 700 passengers due to the social distancing norms—one passenger is allowed for every two seats.
These additional WR services will originate or terminate at Virar (74) and Borivli (76) stations. The Virar-Churchgate route will see 37 more services—34 fast and three slow—in both directions through the day. Borivli station will get 37 additional slow services to Churchgate, and 39 services in the reverse direction—38 slow and one fast train.
The latest government circular allows private and cooperative bank staffers to travel by these special trains, which will increase the rush on Monday morning. The daily ridership has already jumped from 1.3 lakh to 2.3 lakh in the last two months, and is set to rise as more “categories of commuters are being allowed to travel in trains”, Thakur said.
On Central Railway, the number or trips has recently increased from 350 to 355, mainly to cater to office rush from Kalyan, especially morning peak hours. “We have nabbed several commuters who were not bona fide passengers or were travelling with fake QR code passes,” said CR chief spokesperson Shivaji Sutar.
Till they are issued QR codes by the police, bank staffers will have to show their identity cards for the train commute to their workplace.