Mumbai is the capital of Maharashtra, an Indian state. It is the most populous city in India and it is home to Bollywood. Mumbai is located on the west coast and it is the combination of seven islands.
There are various Public Transportation available in Mumbai. Some of them are:
The local trains in Mumbai are divided into three zones – Western line, Central / Main line and the Harbour line. The western line originates from Churchgate and goes upto Virar. The central line originates at Chatrapathi Shivaji Terminus (also known as VT / CST station) and goes upto either Karjat or Kasara. The harbour line also originates at CST, and takes a detour at Wadala and goes upto Andheri on the Western line.
The rakes of the Mumbai suburban network have a maximum speed of 85 km per hour, but the drivers are given strict instructions to follow speed limits while entering or exiting a railway station. There have been lot of accidents of people trying to cross the railway tracks and now keeping this in mind, the Government is coming up with various programs to educate the people about the risk of crossing Railway tracks.
Out of all the public transport systems available in Mumbai, the local trains are used by the most people. The local trains carry around 7 million commuters on a daily basis. Earlier, all the local trains had 9 coaches, but due to the increase in usage, some of them were made into 12 coach trains. Now most of the local trains are 12 coaches leaving some, and there is demand for 15 coach trains, but that is a hurdle since all railway platforms cant accomodate 15 coach trains, so the main stations are being transformed to accomodate 15 coach trains.
If you’re visiting Mumbai for the first time, it is advisable NOT to board a Virar fast from Churchgate station, because when you board the train, it might be empty but slowly it fills up so much that it is impossible for a new person to get off the train. Most people travel in groups on this route, and bully new people who wish to either get off at Bandra or Andheri station.
Mumbai, as they say is a city that never sleeps but the local trains do not function between 2am and 4am. The frequency at all times is great and you will never have to wait for your train for more than 3 minutes during peak hours.