KMRL to revise train frequencies after witnessing Drop in footfall

Kochi Metro Rail Ltd (KMRL) had to change the frequency of Metro train services as of Thursday

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KOCHI (Metro Rail News): Due to a substantial drop in ridership due to Covid-related restrictions in the city, Kochi Metro Rail Ltd (KMRL) had to change the frequency of Metro train services as of Thursday. From Monday through Saturday, the Kochi Metro will run trains at a frequency of one every 9 minutes and 20 seconds, according to the updated timetable. On Sundays, there would be a 12-minute gap between two train runs.

Previously, the time difference between the two services was six minutes and 15 seconds from Monday through Saturday and eight minutes and 15 seconds on Sunday. According to reports, the Metro rail services have seen a 40% drop in total passengers due to the Covid limitations. Last month, a total of 15.51 lakh people rode the bus.

On December 11, the number of passengers per day reached 54,504. After the second lockdown on December 4, ridership surpassed 50,000 for the first time. The ridership crossed 50,000 for the first time after the second lockdown on December 4.

The Kochi Metro had reduced the time between each train after seeing a consistent increase in ridership in December. As a result, the frequency of services was reduced from seven minutes to 6.15 minutes from Monday to Saturday.

The train frequency was reduced to 7.30 minutes from 8.15 minutes on Sundays. Meanwhile, the current timings of first and last services from terminal stations — Aluva and Petta — have not changed, according to KMRL. As a result, trains will run from 6 a.m. to 10.30 p.m. on weekdays and from 8 a.m. to 10.30 p.m. on Sundays.

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