Delhi (Metro Rail News): The eagerly anticipated RAPIDX Regional Rail system is set to transform regional commuting in the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut corridor. With its first 82 km corridor currently under construction, this groundbreaking transit system promises unparalleled facilities for passengers. The Priority Section, spanning 17 km between Sahibabad and Duhai Depot, will open its doors to commuters on October 21, 2023, marking a significant milestone in the regional transport landscape.
Riding in Comfort and Style
RAPIDX trains are designed for safety and comfort. Operating at an impressive speed of 160 kmph, these fully air-conditioned trains boast a range of passenger-centric features. Commuters can look forward to ergonomically designed 2×2 transverse seating, generous standing space, luggage racks, CCTV cameras, laptop/mobile charging facilities, dynamic route maps, ambient lighting control, and a Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning System (HVAC).
Trains will run from 06:00 am to 11:00 pm, with departures at both ends, ensuring that commuters can conveniently travel during most hours of the day. The initial train frequency is set at 15 minutes, with the flexibility to increase it as demand dictates.
Each RAPIDX train, consisting of 6 coaches, can accommodate approximately 1700 commuters, with standard and premium coaches available. One coach is reserved for women, and seats are designated for women, specially-abled individuals, and senior citizens in each coach. Premium coaches offer additional amenities, such as reclining seats, coat hooks, magazine holders, and footrests.
A Premium Experience
For those seeking an elevated experience, a Premium Coach is available, accessible through a Premium Lounge on the platform. The lounge is equipped with comfortable seating and vending machines for snacks and drinks. A dedicated Train Attendant in the Premium Coach ensures passengers are well-informed and safe throughout their journey.
Efficient Ticketing Options
A range of ticketing options is offered to passengers, including paper QR code-based journey tickets, UPI-enabled Ticket Vending Machines (TVMs), National Common Mobility Cards (NCMC), and digital QR code-based tickets through the ‘RAPIDX Connect’ mobile application. Customer Care Centers are readily available to assist with ticketing issues.
Accessibility and Assistance
Commuters with special needs are well catered to, with designated spaces for wheelchairs and stretchers in the last coach. Stations are equipped with electronic public displays, seating areas, drinking water and washroom facilities, and diaper-changing stations. Information desks at stations, the ‘RAPIDX Connect’ mobile app, and the RAPIDX Customer Service Centre ensure passengers are well-informed and supported throughout their journey.
Safety and Security
Safety is paramount on RAPIDX. Platform Screen Doors (PSD) at stations enhance safety by preventing access to the tracks and reducing accidents. AI-enabled Door Frame Metal Detectors (DFMD) screen commuters for security, while luggage scanners with AI dual-view technology help ensure baggage safety.
A dedicated Security Control Centre (SCC) and CCTV surveillance provide constant monitoring of the system, with security responsibilities split between the Uttar Pradesh Special Security Force (UPSSF) and the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) in Uttar Pradesh and Delhi, respectively.
Aesthetic and Traffic Management
The stations are adorned with beautiful hand-painted wall murals, creating an inviting and vibrant atmosphere. To decongest station areas and prevent traffic jams, station entry/exit points are located on the sides of roads, with dedicated passages to ensure smooth traffic flow. Multiple entry/exits and Foot Over Bridges improve station accessibility and road safety.
Feeder Services for the Last Mile
Recognizing the importance of the final stretch in a commuter’s journey, RAPIDX has partnered with mobility operators to provide Para Transit-based Feeder services. Electric Auto Rickshaws will operate from RAPIDX stations, bridging the last-mile gap and offering passengers convenient and flexible transportation options.
The launch of the RAPIDX transit system in the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut corridor marks a significant milestone in the region’s transportation landscape, promising unparalleled comfort, safety, and accessibility for commuters. This innovative transit solution not only seeks to revolutionize the way people travel but also sets a new standard for regional rail services across India.