“Mumbai is infectious. Once you start living in Mumbai, working in Mumbai, I don’t think you can live anywhere else”—Yash Chopra
This city has been home to many, the people who already lived here and the ones who made the city their home. Every mumbaikar bear the ‘never give up’ attitude, striving hard to earn a living, sometimes more than that. Mumbai, a 603 sq. Km city is huge. This mammoth size doesn’t stop the city dwellers from travelling around for work, study and leisure every day, thanks to the city’s lifeline, the Mumbai local trains.
The local train commute in the city makes it easy and possible for the people to have safe, fast and cheap travel every day. The locals diligently inter connect the Central, Western, Harbour and Thane- Kalyan routes. The Mumbai local railway spreads over 465 kilometres (289 mi), the suburban railway operates 2,342 train services and carries more than 7.5 million commuters daily. By annual ridership (2.64 billion), the Mumbai Suburban Railway is the busiest rapid transit system in the world It has some of the most severe overcrowding in the world. Trains run from 4 AM until 1 AM, and some trains also run up to 2:30 AM.
These locals have special compartments reserved for different categories of people that make travelling simpler- general compartment: which is open for all men women and children, compartments for the handicapped and vendors and the ladies compartment: reserved only for the lady travellers. Locals even have the first and second class compartments for better convenience.
People of all ages and profession have been seen using the city’s local train to travel around the city because of the massive network of rails, faster commute time and services provided at affordable rates.
The locals are spread across 3 major lines–
The Western Line follows the Western Railway northwards from Churchgate parallel to the west coast. Up to the end till Virar(60 km).with various stations coming in between.
The western railway is the best among the three lines i.e. Central and Harbour because of more number of trains and also relatively lesser crowd in trains.
The Central Line in Mumbai consists of 3 major corridors, which bifurcate as they run into suburban satellite towns. Two corridors (one local and other through) follow the Central Railway run from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) to kalyan54 km), from where it bifurcates into two lines – one Tokasara (67 km) in the north-east and the other to Khopoli (61 km) in the south-east. These two corridors constitute the ‘main’ Central Line. There is also an 18-km corridor between Kurla and Thane stations for use of outstation and cargo trains.,
The Harbour Line is part of the Central Railway, and runs from Chhtrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST)to Andheri and Panvel All Harbour Line services operate as slow services. The line operates from two separate platforms Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), and the tracks cross over the main line at Sandhurst Road, to head towards stations along Mumbai’s eastern dock area.
These locals connect the entire city, making it possible to travel with ease without spending too much of time or money. Travelling in the locals isn’t easy though. Boarding the local trains ain’t less than any crazy experience. A sight where you see different kinds of people simultaneously running, waiting impatiently on the platforms for their trains or boarding the same in utmost hurry on its arrival is quite a sight that personifies the fact— this is indeed the fastest city in the country.