Chennai Metro Rail resumes services after 5 months

chennai metro rail disembarking passengers

Chennai Metro Rail has resumed services after a period of 5 months. The metro trains will operate from 8 am to 8 pm. The trains would run every five minutes during peak hours and 10 minutes during nonpeak hours across both the corridors. The train stoppage time has been increased to 50 seconds to help passengers access the services while practising social distancing

No inter-corridor service between Central Metro and Airport via Poonamallee High Road-Koyambedu and Alandur will be available. Metro rail services were closed in March following the nationwide-lockdown.

Contactless Ticketing

The Chennai Metro Rail has also introduced contactless ticketing to help passengers commute safely in these Covid-19 times. CMRL officials said passengers can purchase tickets via the CMRL app and would receive a QR code on their phone. They can simply tap their phone displaying the code against a scanner at the automatic fare collection gate

“All stations have one AFC gate with a reader for QR code”

Contact-less QR code ticketing methods and Travel Card Reader machines have been introduced in all 32 metro stations for safety of passengers. These facilities can be utilized by downloading the CMRL Mobile app

Discounts for using Contactless Ticketing

In a move to encourage passengers to use contactless ticketing, Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) has started giving discounts on QR code ticketing from Friday.

“CMRL has decided to extend a 20% discount on QR Code ticketing. It’s now available for a single journey, return journey, group and trip passes”

The statement added that the initiative is a measure to encourage passengers to avoid queuing at Metro Stations. They can download the CMRL Mobile app for using the QR code ticketing system. Travel Card Readers have also been installed at all Metro Stations for their convenience.

“All passengers should cooperate with CMRL security, ticketing and other staff for a safe and smooth journey in its fight to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by maintaining social distancing,”

Chennai Metro Rail Limited

Meanwhile, a total of 24,354 passengers have used Metro Rail services in the last three days from September 7. Till September 9, a total of 18,769 passengers travelled in the Metro using Smart Card ticketing system and 637 of passengers have utilized the QR code ticketing system.