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Mumbai local trains to shuttle faster with new modifications in tow!

Mumbai's lifeline commute, the locals are set to race at a new speed with the removal of the permanent speed restrictions (PCR). Reportedly, the Western Railway has successfully removed various operation constraints on Mumbai suburban section to enhance the mobility and safety of the services. The railways claim that this move has improved the punctuality of trains from 95% in 2019-20 to 99.3% in 2021-22.

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Fully vaccinated citizens can now book online tickets for Mumbai local trains via UTS app

Good news 'local' travellers! Starting today, all fully vaccinated passengers can book online tickets for suburban trains directly from their phones, through the UTS app. Railway's Universal Ticket System (UTS) was suspended during the pandemic as there was no way to verify the COVID vaccination status of the commuters. Reportedly, the app has been made functional, starting today along with the required verification facility.

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Western Railway to launch 8 more AC local trains in Mumbai from Monday; check schedule here

Starting Monday, 8 new AC suburban trains will be added to the air-conditioned local fleet of Western Railway in Mumbai. These additional services will ply along the Churchgate-Virar corridor, amplifying the daily luxury train frequency from 12 to 20 services. The move is set to establish a better AC train network in Mumbai, boosting convenient train travel for all.

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Mumbai schools participating in NAS 2021 survey demand 100% attendance on Thursday & Friday

On Wednesday, a circular issued by the education department helped clear the confusion regarding the reopening of schools in Mumbai, in line with the National Achievement Survey (NAS) 2021, scheduled to take place tomorrow. According to this official note, the 295 Mumbai schools participating in the nationwide survey were directed to resume physical classes, with 100% attendance, starting today. Other education institutes, on the other hand, have been permitted to extend Diwali vacations till November 22.

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In a first, Mumbai local train coaches get new television screens

In a major upgrade, the Western Railways has installed LCD infotainment screens in Mumbai locals trains. These screens will display commercial advertisements and railway/public interest information in trains. Reportedly, the initiative aims to increase non-fare revenue in about 20 EMU rakes. As of Sunday, a total of 8 local trains have been fitted with the screens.

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