Apart from accommodating 33 per cent more commuters than the existing 12-car trains, there will be greater number of coaches reserved for ladies and physically challenged commuters. “It’s taken a while, since women and physically challenged commuters have been asking us to reserve more coaches for them. The only solution to their demand is to increase the number of coaches,” said a senior CR official.
At present, the CR’s aim will be to extend existing platforms, get more coaches, revise alignment of signals and widen tracks to increase the number of services. The CR authorities will be asking Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC) to carry out this work at a cost of Rs 7.5 crore. One rake will be used to run seven to eight 15-car services in both directions between 7 am and 10 pm. Since November 2011, all the 785 mainline suburban services on the CR are 12-car trains.
While an average 9-car train has a seating capacity of 876 and 1,752 standees, a 12-car train has a seating capacity of 1,168 and 2,336 standees. Some of the stations where 15-car services will be operated are — CST, Byculla, Dadar, Kurla, Ghatkopar, Thane, Dombivli and Kalyan.