Soon, use ATVMs to buy long-distance train tickets

Passengers will soon be able to book unreserved tickets for long-distance trains through smart-card operated Automatic Ticket Vending Machines (ATVM) at select stations on Central Railway (CR).

ATVMs with this ticketing facility will be installed at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Dadar, Lokmanya Tilak Terminus as well as Thane and Kalyan stations. Said an official, “Initially, we will instal 15 such ATVMs. Once the internal trials conclude, unreserved tickets can be purchased from these machines with the help of facilitators, who will use their smart cards.”

This has been made possible because the ATVMs are linked to the unreserved ticketing system. According to CR, around 50,000 unreserved tickets are issued daily by booking offices. The official said, “Once this system is in place, it will reduce queues at booking offices.”

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