However, from the new year, there will be eight fast services between Churchgate and Virar, three fast services between Churchgate and Borivli, and one slow service between Mahalaxmi and Borivli.
"It was exciting to take the first train on the inaugural run". According to WR Chief Public Relations Officer Ravinder Bhakar, the last successful technical run of the train, running on broad gauge, was conducted yesterday.
Built in Chennai at a cost of Rs 54 crore, the 12-car rake of the AC local arrived here on April 4, 2016.
Commuters, excited at the launch of the AC local which is expected to bring them respite during the scorching summer, captured the historic moments by clicking selfies as the train reached the Churchgate station at 11.16 am. The service is being rolled out on a trial basis today and will be fully operational from January 1.
Initially, the AC local will operate only on the Churchgate-Borivili section. The services of AC local train will replace existing 12 Non AC services. For the first week, the authorities will run the train for only six times every day between Churchgate and Borivli stations. Many people came for a ride in the country's first AC local train and commuters, especially women, were a happy lot.
As promised weeks back, Mumbai's AC local is finally on track. "Respective surcharge of MUTP and GST would be levied on total AC fare", a senior railway official told The Indian Express. There will be weekly, fortnightly and monthly season tickets available at 5, 7.5 and 10 times of the fare of regular first class ticket rates, besides a five percent GST and other applicable charges.
The monthly pass will cost between Rs 570 and Rs 820 (till Bandra) to Rs 1,240 (till Andheri) to Rs 1,640 (till Borivali), and Rs 2,040 till Virar.