BANGALORE (Metro Rail News): The Roll-out ceremony for the first driverless train of the Bangalore metro was held on Friday, 27th October 2023, at the Chinese state-owned China Rolling Railway Stock Corporation (CRRSC) Puzhen Assembly Branch.
The offline ceremony in China was graced by Mr Dhoke, Project Director of Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation, Mr Jha, Project Manager, Mr Patel, Contract Manager, Mr Li Dingnan, Chairman of Puzhen Company, and relevant project personnel.
These are 6-Coach trains that will run on the tracks of Bangalore Metro’s Yellow Line. The coaches have electric signages above the doors to showcase routes, advertisements, notices, information, etc.
These driverless coaches will be introduced as a part of the Communication-Based Train Control (CBTC) System, commonly known as “Driverless Technology”. It will also reduce the headway to 90 seconds from the existing two & a half minutes. Although it will be driverless trains, the BMRCL has decided to deploy Loco Pilots to allay passengers.
BMRCL awarded the contract for the same in December 2019. As per the contract, 4RS-DM 2 trains will be supplied by CRRSC, while the remaining 36 will be assembled locally by Titagarh Rail Systems in West Bengal.
The 18.82 Km long under-construction metro line connects RV Road with Bommasandra. It is a fully elevated metro route with 16 stations. It connects with the Green Line of Bangalore Metro at RV Road Station & with the Pink Line at Jayadeva Hospital station. It is expected to open by early 2024.
Big Connectivity Boost
It aims to boost connectivity to areas that are home to big companies like Infosys & Biocon and South Bengaluru. It will ease the daily struggles of Bangalore’s metro commuters by a substantial amount. It will also increase the overall metro connectivity in the city to facilitate easy and efficient commute.
Bangalore’s 1st Experience
It will be Bengaluru’s first experience with driverless metros running on the route. This will significantly impact the lives of Bangalore metro commuters with a comforting experience and efficient service. Bangalore Metros will become 2nd in the country to have driverless Metros.
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