Ten years ago, around 280 crore people used the Railways to travel an average of 229 km per year over long distances across cities. Last year, around 360 crore non-suburban passengers took trains to travel an average of 273 km per person.
But the real story of change lies between those numbers of new routes mirroring new life choices, of how travel evolved over the last decade from track to runway.
Consider what records obtained by The Indian Express, of the top 10 trains in terms of passenger demand, show:
* In 2008-09, there were four trains running on established domestic migration routes: two linking Mumbai to UP, one connecting Delhi with Bihar, and one taking passengers from Mumbai to Kolkata via Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand. In 2016-17, there were eight trains plying on such routes: five linking Bihar to Delhi, including two return trains, one connecting Mumbai with UP, one from Mumbai to Kolkata and one linking Jharkhand to Kerala, which has emerged as a preferred destination for workers from the east. Read More…