Nearly 3000 train services carry 8 million passengers daily through Mumbai, India’s financial capital. Suburban trains are chronically overcrowded, especially during peak hours. Images of scores of commuters hanging onto the doors of overflowing compartments have become iconic. Until now, the steps taken to ease congestion have focused on increasing the trains’ capacity. While India’s social commitment to mass transit is admirable, an integrated approach would be much more preferable, wherein non-motorized transport infrastructure took the load off the trains by weaning short-distance travelers.
- Vineet Abhishek
- Dorina Pojani