More capacity, fewer seats on track with ‘hybrid’ AC locals

More capacity, fewer seats on track with ‘hybrid’ AC locals

Almost a year ago, Central Railway had to revert to the original seating arrangement in local trains after receiving resounding criticism for aligning the seats longitudinally, like in Metro, trains to increase passenger-carrying capacity.

Now, the Indian Railways is trying out a new seating arrangement for AC trains of the suburban network. Referred to as ‘hybrid’, its a combination of regular cum metro seating arrangement.  By March 2020, the Western and Central Railways are expected to get 12 AC local trains (including the two in Western Railway’s fleet).

The Railway authorities are studying the possibility of having hybrid seating in AC locals. “We are trying to figure out if hybrid seating arrangement is workable in AC locals,” said a senior official from the Railway Board. Read More

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