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India: Delhi Metro Runs a Peak Capacity During Odd-Even Vehicle Restriction Period

Delhi Metro Station
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Delhi Metro Runs a Peak Capacity During Odd-Even Vehicle Restriction Period

The Odd-Even Vehicle Restriction Policy in Delhi has encouraged a modal shift for commuters from road to the citys metro. The policy, which means that cars with registration plates ending in odd and even numbers are allowed on the roads on alternate days, is in force from 115 January 2016 in order to reduce congestion.

Home minister Satyendar Jain said:

For 15 days, the metro will run on peak frequency or maximum possible frequency and run till late irrespective of whether there is rush or not, so that people have an alternative and autos dont overcharge. Soon all Metro trains will have eight compartments, which will help tackle the rush.

The policy comes amid a raft of initiatives to encourage a modal shift towards public transport, including the introduction of bus lanes and earlier and later trains. Additional staff have also been provided to meet with the increased demand on the metro, as well as additional staff in control rooms to manage crowd control at ticket booths and security checkpoints.

The Delhi Metro enjoyed its busiest year yet in 2015, with 196 trainsets transporting 3.2million passengers in August alone.

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