MMRDA plans mobile app, card to access all lines

The features of the application are as follows - to book tickets, check train timings & schedule, purchase season passes and figure out interchangeable metro stations. The app would map the Metro stations and the Metro network.

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MUMBAI (Metro Rail News): The MMRDA is working on a mobile app which allows users to book Metro tickets. The authority launched Metro travel card dummy on Friday which will provide users to access all lines in the Metro network. The card would be available to commuters by December when 2 more Metro lines – Metro 7 and Metro 2A– would be operational.

MMRDA is working on the construction of 14 lines with a total distance covering over 350 km. Currently, in Mumbai only Versova-Ghatokopar line is operational. The features of the application are as follows – to book tickets, check train timings & schedule, purchase season passes and figure out interchangeable metro stations. The app would map the Metro stations and the Metro network. “It is in a nascent stage and details are being discussed,” stated an MMRDA official.

MMRDA showcased the dummy common metro card for all metro rail lines under the integrated ticketing system, which would be available in 2 designs. The new card will have a chip containing all the essential information embedded in it and looks similar to a debit/credit card. “We have shortlisted the designs of these two cards after scrutinizing over twenty different designs. This ‘single card’ for all metro lines will be available for people by December when the two Metro lines of metro-7 and metro-2A will be ready,” stated RA Rajeev, MMRDA commissioner.

Officials told Mirror that the card could also be integrated to gain access to other modes of transport as well as the suburban local trains, BEST buses, taxis and Autos. Subsequently, it may even be connected to bank accounts and people can use it to shop also. However, this card has been a bone of contention among the Indian Railways and MMRDA due to technical differences over the last 3 years.

The MMRDA has finalised the designs that how the Metro stations on these 2 lines would look. The Metro-7 on Dahisar (E)-Andheri (E) line would be called ‘Redline’ where the Metro-2A in Dahisar (W)-DN Nagar would be called ‘Yellow line’.The background of all the signages would be in black. The other indicators including station names would be in red or yellow, as per the metro line.

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