India is on the verge of a transportation revolution as it unveils its very first semi-high-speed regional rail service, Namo Bharat, formerly referred to as RapidX. This groundbreaking project is set to usher in a new era of regional connectivity and mark the inauguration of the Regional Rapid Train Service (RRTS) in the country.
The RRTS (Revolutionizing Regional Transit) is a state-of-the-art regional transportation system that can rival the best in the world. It’s a fresh take on train systems, offering increased speed and frequency, designed to make intercity travel faster and more convenient. Trains will operate every 15 minutes, and can even run as frequently as every 5 minutes when necessary.
The Namo Bharat trains prioritize passenger comfort and safety. Each coach is equipped with six CCTVs, an emergency door-opening mechanism, and a communication button to connect with the train operator. Additionally, passengers can enjoy amenities such as overhead luggage racks, Wi-Fi connectivity, and charging outlets for mobile devices and laptops at every seat. A dedicated train attendant ensures a comfortable and secure journey in the premium coach.
Safety is of utmost importance for Namo Bharat, demonstrated by the implementation of platform screen doors (PSDs) at every RRTS station. These PSDs are seamlessly integrated with a signaling system, further enhancing passenger safety and minimizing the risk of accidents.
To cater to the diverse needs of passengers, Namo Bharat offers a variety of ticketing options. Commuters can choose from QR code-based one-time tickets or opt for a card-based transit option for their journeys. QR code-based tickets can be conveniently generated via ticket vending machines (TVMs) or purchased from ticket counters. These TVMs also support UPI payments, ensuring a hassle-free and digital ticketing experience.
Fare structures for Namo Bharat have been thoughtfully crafted, considering the distance or stations covered. The minimum fare for the premium coach is set at Rs 40, while the maximum fare is Rs 100. In the case of the five standard coaches operating on the priority section, fares range from a minimum of Rs 20 to a maximum of Rs 50.
Namo Bharat trains boast an impressive average speed of 100 kilometers per hour, surpassing traditional metro and passenger trains in the Indian Railways network. These state-of-the-art train sets, manufactured by the renowned company Alstom, are proudly made in Gujarat, further strengthening India’s ‘Make in India’ initiative.