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Tired of waiting for your local train? You may soon be able to track it real-time

The GPS trackers

The GPS trackers

Tired of wasting your time on railway stations wondering when will your train finally come? Here is some good news for all the Mumbaikars – you may soon be able to check the real time status of local trains through an app.

Mumbaikars may soon get an app to get real-time locations of local trains on Central Railway (CR). A CR official said the railways will soon finalize a contractor to install GPS trackers on trains. CR runs 1,672 services on its three lines-main, harbour and trans-harbour-with 140 trains. All will be fitted with trackers.

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The cost

The cost

Central Railways will not be bearing any cost for the project, instead will share the commission earned by the contractor. "CR will not spend a penny on the technology. Instead, we will get a share of what the contractor will earn through this project," said a CR official. "The contractor's earnings will be through app downloads."

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How the app will work

How the app will work

After downloading the app you need yo activate your location. After selecting your boarding station, on the map, the app will show you a list of all departing trains.

Once a train is selected, the actual arrival time and the exact location will be displayed.

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Other features

Other features

The app will also help passengers carry out other services by redirecting to relevant apps and pages. For example, it may lead to the unreserved ticketing system (UTS) app, which will enable a passenger to buy tickets through theor phones, or the IRCTC app to reserve berths.

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The current system

The current system

At present, commuters get information about local trains on the National Train Enquiry System (NTES) app, but it is not popular. Nor is it GPS-based. It only gives the tentative arrival time of a particular train.

People have welcomed the introduction of the GPS app as indicators at stations often developed snags and do not display correct information.

The Western Railway (WR) has a similar mobile application called as Digital Interface of Stations for Help and Amenities (DISHA), which shares updates about trains in three time slots. This means that commuters can check the status of trains expected in 30 minutes, 45 minutes, or one hour.

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Tracking outstation trains

Tracking outstation trains

The Centre for Railway Information System (CRIS) is also working on a software, Real Time Information System (RTIS), which will facilitate the sharing of information about the trains in real time. However, the information of the trains on RTIS will be restricted to outstation trains.

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