Check out the new schedule here:
In a bid to provide better services to its travellers, the Mumbai Metro-1 has increased its operative hours. Starting today, on December 14, the metro services have extended its schedule by 40 minutes in the morning and closing late by 45 minutes in the evenings. This decision has been taken in view of the increase in demand for commuting services, given the gradual unlocking of the city of Mumbai, post the coronavirus induced lockdown. Check out the new schedules here:
Mumbai metro increases timings
The Mumbai Metro-1 corridor connects Ghatkopar in the Northeast, to Versova in the Northwest, through 12 key stations along a route that stretches over a distance of 11.40 km route, facilitating rapid commute, connecting the western and eastern suburbs. With the imposition of the nationwide lockdown on March 25, the services were suspended until October 19, when they resumed, streamlined with the graded unlock in Mumbai under the Government's Mission Begin Again.
Since then, the metro services had been plying on a tight schedule from 8:30 AM to 8:30 PM. However, on Monday, the Mumbai Metro officials announced that the timings for the metro will be extended and the first train from Versova will be flagged off at 7:50 AM and the last one at 8:50 PM. Similarly, the first and last trains from Ghatkopar in the Eastern suburbs have been scheduled at 8:15 AM to 9:15 PM, respectively. Besides this, the metro stations will also open up 15 minutes before the departure of the first train.
Mumbai Metro One extends timing of its train operations. First and last train from Versova will be at 0750 and 2050 hrs; & from Ghatkopar at 0815 and 2115 hrs, respectively. Stations will open 15 minutes prior to the departure of the first train. #HaveANiceDay
— Mumbai Metro (@MumMetro) December 14, 2020
The Metro authorities had established a strict protocol to ensure safe travel for its passengers with thermal scanners and sanitisers among others. Unlike the city's suburban local train system, the metro is open to the general public and people need to exercise personal caution with face masks and social distancing to avail the travel services.
At present, the ridership of Mumbai Metro has been clocked at 50,000 passengers. Before the pandemic, about 4 lakh travellers were using these services, on weekdays.